Building Healthy Communities





BHC Overview

Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is a ten-year, $1 billion comprehensive community change initiative launched in 2010 to advance statewide policy advocacy and communications that support community health and to transform 14 of California’s communities most devastated by health inequities into places where all people have an opportunity to thrive.


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"WHY" Place?

The evidence is clear: your zip code is more important than your genetic code.


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The "WHAT" of BHC

Health Happens when ALL OF US matter. Building Healthy Communities partners are making sure that every Californian gets a chance at a long, healthy life by addressing the causes of poor health.


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The "HOW" of BHC

Big institutions like government make the rules and rules matter.  That’s why Building Healthy Communities is building the power and collaborative partnerships necessary to change the rules.  


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The "WHO and WHERE" of BHC

There are 14 BHC sites across, representing urban and rural places, the north and the south, and the Central Valley.


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Lessons and Impact

Community residents, youth leaders and advocates are organizing, researching and advocating to build healthy communities across California and learning a lot in the process. 


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Grant seekers and others interested in understanding what we are funding and how our process works, please click here: Grantfinder This tool will allow you to search for grants by place and by issue. For information on the grant-making process, please click here. Please note, we do not seek nor often fund unsolicited grant applications. Additionally, in general, TCE grant making is limited to the Building Healthy Communities locations. If your organization is working in one of the locations, it is advisable to begin by engaging with the Program Manager and partners in the site, which can be found by visiting each site’s overview page.


Your zip code shouldn't determine how long you live, but it does. Health Happens Here challenges us to think about health beyond doctor visits and diets. We have the power to make health happen where we live, learn and play.