WAYS Park will bring much-needed green space to South Los Angeles
Neighborhood cleanups beautify the community. Photo: Heal the Bay
Trash in an alley way. Photo: Heal the Bay
We can work with your group to help make a difference in your neighborhood. Photo: Heal the Bay
Heal the Bay strives to address urban issues through the lens of water quality. We provide education and empowerment to communities about how to use environmental health as a bridge to community health.
HNHE programs include Creek Week Education, Beyond Local Workshops and the Watershed Action Collaboration
There is no better place to start making a difference than in your own backyard. Here in Los Angeles, we're all connected to water whether it's our ocean, rivers, creeks or rain runoff on city streets. We all depend on our watershed. Water, as part of our environment, is essential to our health.
There are a substantial number of studies that show the environment's direct impact, natural or man-made, on our community’s health:
"The odds of a child's being obese or overweight were 20-60 percent higher in neighborhoods with the most unfavorable socioeconomic conditions, such as poor housing and no access to parks and recreation centers.” National Survey of Children’s Health, 2007
"The USC study, which tracked 3,600 children for 13 years, found that those living within 500 yards of a highway faced risk of permanent health damage, including stunted lung growth and respiratory problems.” Los Angeles Times, 2007
“Physical spaces can expose people to toxins or pollutants and influence lifestyles that contribute to diabetes, coronary vascular disease, and asthma.” National Institutes of Health
“Predominantly white neighborhoods have 3 times as many supermarkets as black neighborhoods and nearly twice as many markets as Latino neighborhoods in Los Angeles.” Los Angeles Food Policy Council
Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy Environment (HNHE) strives to address urban issues through the lens of water quality, by providing education and empowerment to communities about how to use environmental health as a bridge to community health.
Our goal is to help the local leaders find a way to improve their communities by improving their environment. Through the HNHE program, Heal the Bay continues a two-decade-long commitment to our community partners by forming partnerships in underserved and underrepresented areas. A healthy community is one that embraces the belief that health is more than merely an absence of disease. A healthy community is a product of a healthy environment, and as part of the feedback loop, a healthy environment enables a healthy community.
Creek Education Program (Creek 101, Creek Week, Youth Summits) - Students can participate in a comprehensive overview education of urban watersheds. Students learn about the challenges facing areas like Compton Creek and how human behaviors impact neighborhoods and the entire watershed. Students can also become a Creek Advocate and support a variety of projects, including service learning, neighborhood cleanups, water quality monitoring or water audits.
Beyond Local Workshop - Interested community members can become Neighborhood Ambassadors by attending the neighborhood-specific, five-week training workshops to learn about how pollution is impacting their neighborhood and how to become a leader in the fight to end it.
WAYS Reading and Fitness Park - With the financial support of Proposition 84, Heal the Bay and Wisdom Academy for Young Scientists (WAYS) elementary school will bring much-needed green space to a densely populated, economically-challenged area in South Los Angeles. A new multi-benefit park in the South Los Angeles located on an empty lot on 87th Street & McKinley Avenue will serve as an outdoor classroom, community green space, fitness area, and a water quality improvement project.
Watershed Action Collaboration - Heal the Bay provides existing community organizations with program and project opportunities to help grow environmental education, leadership training and advocacy efforts in the community.