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What is BHC?
Vision Statement
Membership Form

Building Healthier Communities (BHC) helps diverse organizations in your community work together to bring about positive change.

Through our national network, we can introduce you to the people and the approaches that have proven to be most effective in reviving low income neighborhoods across the country. Our mission is to unite organizations involved in housing, health care, education, economic development and human services in innovative local partnerships with community residents, public agencies and businesses – to make a difference! BHC also undertakes advocacy campaigns to change laws and policies that are blocking progress toward social justice. We can help you lay the groundwork for systemic change in your community.

Join Our Network
All your organization needs to do to join the BHC Network is to endorse the BHC Vision Statement and actively work to achieve its goals.

BHC Can Help You Make A Difference in Your Community

Comprehensive community-building strategies:

  • BHC staff and other Network members are ready to discuss with you the particulars of the situation in YOUR community and help you get started in developing a local collaboration. You can call, write or send us an email with your questions or ideas.
  • We offer on-site consulting to community and faith-based organizations interested in convening a collaborative community-building effort. Each year we help three local collaboratives on a pro bono basis, with priority going to collaborations involving Sisters of Mercy-sponsored organizations and community or faith-based groups in which a Sister of Mercy is active. By drawing on our own Network, we can help even more organizations. We evaluate requests for assistance on an ongoing basis.
  • The BHC Newsletter and the Healthy Communities in Action page on this website contain profiles of successful community-building collaborations across the country – in education, healthcare, human service, housing and jobs. These programs are sponsored by schools and colleges, hospitals, religious congregations, businesses neighborhood associations – and more.

Practical tools for influencing national policy affecting your community:

  • About every two weeks, BHC members receive by fax or email information about a timely public policy issue related to healthy communities. Or you can visit the Making Your Voice Heard page of this website for an up to date discussion of key issues that matter in building healthier communities.
  • You’ll also find sample letters to send to elected officials and sample articles on BHC topics. You can include these in your own handouts or newsletters to share with employees, clients, neighbors and others in your networks.

What We Expect From You

  • Photo Credit: Earl DotterDevelop initiatives that combine housing, health care, human services, education and economic development – and demonstrate the impressive results that can be achieved by joining forces to revitalize low income communities.
  • Encourage your employers and employees, neighborhoods and friends to become more engaged in the political process. Use the influence of your organization and its key supporters to promote initiatives which build healthier communities.
  • Share your story – successes and challenges -- with us and other BHC network members.

To learn more about BHC, contact us by phone, fax or e-mail – or fill out the BHC Membership Information Form.

Building Healthier Communities
McAuley Institute, Suite 310, 8300 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
310-588-8110, 310-588-8154 Fax
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