What is the HEAL Grant Program?
Clackamas County works to maintain the health of our community through funding health improvement projects with our partners throughout the county. The HEAL program provides grants for projects throughout the county that promote an active lifestyle and healthier food choices. HEAL grants of up to $8,000 are regularly made available for projects promoting healthy eating and active living. Grantees provided in-kind donations in support of their grant funds.
Food Waves Garden Education
The HEAL documentary follows several HEAL grant projects through completion and highlights how communities can be empowered through access to healthy food and active lifestyle opportunities.
How was the HEAL Grant Program created?
The HEAL grant program was created to make the Roadmap to Healthy Communities project a reality. The Roadmap Project is a community participation process, completed in 2009 (and since updated in 2012) that engaged members of our community in conversations about health, and helped county residents work together to plan for a healthier Clackamas County. During this process, the Public Health Division asked thousands of residents, “What makes a healthy community?” A group of Community Advisors working with Public Health Division staff used the opinions and information gathered, along with other data about Clackamas County and its residents, to recommend a plan — or roadmap — for the next several years.
With this as a backdrop, the Roadmap’s Community Advisors decided that the topic of healthy eating and active living represents the area of greatest need and opportunity for making the goals of the Roadmap a reality. To support this effort, the Public Health Division funded a small grants program to help community based efforts to improve the health of our county.
Map of HEAL Projects across Clackamas County
This map offers locations and information about the wonderful HEAL grant work done by grantees over the past few years. To see the map of HEAL projects and grant work across Clackamas County from 2011 to current year, please click here.
What projects has the HEAL Grant Program funded?
For more information on the HEAL Grant Program and activities, please contact Kirsten Ingersoll, Community Engagement Coordinator at (503) 742-5954.
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