Healthy Living Is A Community Effort
The Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) supported by the Bon Secours Health System is based on understanding that healthcare and wellness is a basic human right. In 2017, with Bon Secours no longer a local presence, RSS and HCI formalized a working partnership.
What is the Healthy Communities Initative?
HCI empowers community members to improve health outcomes for all thourgh education, advocacy and coalition building. Increasing the health of our communities is best accomplished through systematic changes by which local residents become active agents of t heir own good physical and mental health.
HCI continues to expand its community outreach through proects impacting local residents across the life-span, while also increasing programming on-site at RSS, as well as with seniors around the Bronx.
What Does the Healthy Communities Initiative Do?
HCI helps to create healthy public spaces through our Community Garden Program, to effect policy changes through civic engagement, and to reach out to vulnerable and underserved populations.
HCI empowers community members to improve health outcomes for all thourgh education, advocacy and coalition building. Increasing the health of our communities
Community Garden Program
Project Green Thumb
Members engage in a variety of environmental projects which will include recycling, composting and planting native plants intended to attract, feed and house local insects.
Members enjoy a variety of workshops that are geared to health and wellbeing. Topics include aromatherapy, making homemade herbal oil and vinegars and healthy holiday dips.
RSS is home to an amazing rooftop space that is being used for gardening. Members grow organic vegetables that are planted by RSS members and donated to the kitchen to be served at lunchtime. In the cooler months workshops are held to do planting programs for indoors or to start growing seeds early in the season.
Gardening Programs in the Community
The Healthy Communities Initiative manages a number of programs with our community partners including Kinneret, Riverdale Community Center, Horace Mann and the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center. To learn more about our intergenerational programs, click here.