Stewarding Shared Resources

Stories of Impact Stewarding Shared Resources While the Glades is a rural economically challenged community, it is rich with proud and diverse people who have a passion for supporting their community and one another. Faith is especially strong here, with trusted pastors and strong formal and informal community leaders creating pathways for Healthier Glades to […]

Shifting Power Dynamics

Stories of Impact Shifting Power Dynamics When Healthier Neighbors was in its infancy, a tragedy rocked the West Palm Beach/Riviera Beach community to its core. On the night of October 18, 2015, Corey Jones, an African American man, was shot and killed by a plainclothes police officer, Nouman K. Raja, while waiting by his disabled […]

Residents Leading Policy Change

Stories of Impact Residents Leading Policy Change Healthier Lake Worth Beach (HLWB) launched in 2017. After two years of struggling to determine what their focus would be, they landed on behavioral health as the residents defined it. Their definition evolved into HLWB’s mission: “To improve the cleanliness, environment and safety of Lake Worth Beach neighborhoods […]

Authentic Community Engagement

Stories of Impact Authentic Community Engagement One of Palm Health Foundation’s first Healthier Together communities was Jupiter, Florida. Launched in 2014, it became a case study for authentic community participation and how the foundation built trust through “mini-grants,” a way for all to become local stewards of shared resources. Lynn Hays, long-time Jupiter resident and first […]

Capacity Building

Stories of Impact Capacity Building Emanuel “Dupree” Jackson, Jr. is a lifelong Delray Beach resident. Passionate about his community, he became one of Healthier Delray Beach’s strongest assets. His lived experience and stature as a trusted community member helped Palm Health Foundation and the initiative’s fiscal agent create breakthroughs in engaging residents who were initially […]

Network Building

Stories of Impact Network Building Healthier Together project directors became catalysts for uniting the voices of residents with people holding positions of power. They often became navigators and facilitators to create relationships and connections where everyone could share in positive outcomes. Ricky Petty, Healthier Boynton Beach project director, shares one example. “Over something as seemingly […]