The Center for Healthier Communities (CHC) at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego (RCHSD) was established in 1996 as a hub for the Hospital’s community health improvement strategies. The Center has gained recognition for facilitating practical and successful community health outcomes and for mobilizing individuals, organizations and systems to combine forces to create healthier communities for children. Our departmental priorities are Injury Prevention, Oral Health, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles, and Youth Development.
Over the past 20 years, more than 100 community partners have joined with the Center to improve in all of the priority areas. Results-driven collaborators include health providers, schools, childcare providers, youth-serving organizations, universities, researchers, community leaders, parents, government agencies, the media and the business community to address community-based child health issues.