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Community Building for Children’s Health: Lessons From Community Partnerships for Healthy Children

In 1993, Sierra Health Foundation set out to see if community building could make a difference in children’s health and well-being in Northern California. The overriding assumption was that community building is an effective approach for improving the health of young children. In CPHC community building meant mobilizing residents to use the community’s assets for the common good. This paper describes the process the sites undertook and the results that were achieved in the 31 communities that participated over the 10 years of the initiative.