Communities Creating Healthy Environments

Communities Creating Healthy Environments (CCHE) is a national funding and capacity building initiative to support diverse, community-based organizations and tribal groups in the development and implementation of effective, culturally competent, policy initiatives to advance food and recreations justice.

Grassroots organizing is the key to healthy communities. In 2007, The Praxis Project, with the support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), created Communities Creating Healthy Environments (CCHE) to support community-based organizations and tribal groups to win policies that increase access to healthy food, safe places to play and physical activity at school.

Our vision is to forge a broad based movement led by the communities most affected that will address the root causes of childhood obesity in bold, creative – and effective ways.

This is why CCHE:

  • makes investments in the communities that most need it;
  • builds sustainable grassroots infrastructure that will continue to work for health equity beyond this initiative;
  • focuses on the structural change needed to create healthier communities rather than getting stuck on individual blame and cultural scapegoating;
  • takes into account the culture, language, geography and historical contexts of the communities where we work; and
  • makes community organizing central so that residents are involved in the political processes that affect their lives.
A short video documentary about Communities Creating Healthy Environments, by The Praxis Project.