Voices for Change: A social action campaign to restore the health and safety of residents of the Westside of San Bernardino County, Calif.

San Bernardino County, California, suffers from chronic high rates of crime, morbidity and mortality, poverty, and a multitude of social and health disparities. Seventy-five percent of San Bernardino residents live below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Over half the population is Hispanic and another quarter of the population is African American. According to the U.S. Census data and county public health department data, San Bernardino ranks as the number one city at greatest economic and health risk in the county. The 2005 Morgan Quitno Awards, which ranks America's safest and most dangerous cities, ranked San Bernardino 24th out of the most dangerous 25 cities in the nation. This grant will support the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health's efforts to increase awareness and community engagement towards advocacy for safe, health-promoting environments. The project, called Voices for Change, will use a participatory-action research approach, training, collaborative decision making, and community action to inform residents and decision makers of solutions to address blight in their community.By improving public health agency performance, building better evidence to guide decisions and increasing advocacy for policy that improve health, the Foundation's Public Health Team aims to drive fundamental improvements in the public's health. As a core principle of the Team, it is committed to reducing health disparities. This project will test an innovative way for the San Bernardino Department of Public Health to communicate and engage a hard-to-reach, high-risk population that suffers from a greater burden of disease and other social hardships. The deliverables of this project will be the documentation of major community issues through a community-participatory process; implementation of a Community Action Plan to improve community health; improved community engagement around community public health issues; and dissemination of project learnings and highlights at the American Public Health Association's national conference.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $299,093.00

Awarded on: 11/20/2007

Time frame: 12/1/2007 - 11/30/2009

Grant Number: 63353


County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health

351 North Mountain View Avenue
San Bernardino, 92415-0010


Teslyn Henry
Project Director


Jeanne Silberstein
Project Director