California Family Resource Association

Health Happens Here

Health Happens Here is a new way of thinking about what makes a community healthy. It challenges us to look beyond doctor visits and diets to the root causes of good or poor health. It also reminds us that everyone has a role in making health happen in their own community.

Imagine what a truly healthy community looks like. It's a place where everyone has a chance to thrive. It offers equal access to healthy food, green spaces, quality healthcare, education, and employment. It’s a safe and nurturing place for families. What other qualities do you think make a healthy community?

Family Resource Centers (FRCs) know that strong families are the foundation of healthy communities. A truly healthy community invests in many forms of prevention and uses its resources to create conditions that make it easier to stay healthy. If your community lacks some of the basic ingredients for health, it’s time to do something about it!

Want to Make Health Happen? Here’s What You Can Do!

  1. Help grow the demand for policies that strengthen families and communities. Connect with your elected officials and share your ideas for making health happen in their district. Sign up for their e-newsletter, attend their community events, and schedule meetings with them at their office.
  2. Post pictures and ideas about how to make health happen in your community on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media using #StrongFamilies or #HealthHappensHere. Incorporate the Health Happens Here pin drop symbol into your next event or activity to mark the people, places, activities, and ideas that are moving your community in the right direction.
  3. Share some key concepts about the true meaning of health with your community:
    • Strong families are the foundation of healthy communities.
    • Health doesn’t just happen in a doctor’s office. Health happens where we live, work, learn, and play.
    • Your zip code shouldn’t determine your life expectancy, but it does. How long you live may depend on where you live.
    • We all play a role in making health happen. What would make your community stronger, safer, and healthier?
    • Mental, emotional, physical, social, spiritual, financial, and environmental are all different types of health. Can you think of other types of health?
    • Use our slideshow (in English or Spanish) to help facilitate client discussions about social determinants of health and local health equity issues.
  4. Join the movement for strong families and healthy communities by following CFRA on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Sign up for our e-newsletter to keep up with news, events, and advocacy opportunities.
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  5. Visit the Health Happens Here community at for more ideas to transform health where you live, work, learn, and play.
  6. Use ChangeLab's A Guide to Building Healthy Streets to turn a complete streets policy into action! This resource discusses five key steps for effective complete streets implementation. This resource can help you start collaborating to achieve your community’s policy goals and create healthier streets.

Health happens when communities invest in strong families. Visit this page to get updates on how health is happening in your neighborhood.