Chandler Park Healthy Neighborhood Strategyis: 

  • Engaging residents​
  • Establishing community exercise programs Addressing environmental triggers of asthma ​
  • Building community food gardens  ​
  • Continuing to improve and expand upon recent progress in Chandler Park ​

Key Partners

  • Eastside Community Network​
  • St. John Providence Health System – Community Health Investment Corporation​
  • Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion​

In partnership with:

  • Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center​
  • Gensler​
  • Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative​

Obstacles to Health and Identified Health Challenges

  • Historical divestment and poverty
  • Lack of access to resources such as transportation, education, food
  • Low rates of healthcare insurance
  • High infant mortality rate, increased asthma hospitalizations, chronic pulmonary disease, and congestive heart failure ​

Background

Chandler Park Healthy Neighborhood Strategy focuses on zip code 48213, located on the east side of Detroit, Michigan. The neighborhood faces extreme divestment, more so than other areas in Detroit.

Generally, there is a lack of access to transportation, education, and food. Furthermore, poverty is prevalent and many either lack health insurance or are covered by Medicaid.   ​

The Eastside Community Network (ECN), in coordination with St. John Providence Health System – Community Health Investment Corporation and Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, aims to enhance both the social and urban infrastructure in the area. Through greater engagement of residents, the three groups seek to further improve upon the recent progress made in Chandler Park — an established community initiative with similar goals. ​

The city of Detroit and community champions have already made progress in revitalizing the 200-acre Chandler Park. The BUILD Health Challenge Grant will allow the collaborating partners behind the “Healthy Neighborhood Strategy” initiative to accelerate their efforts to restore the areas around the park – clustering education, recreation, conservation, and green infrastructure around a community gathering space to improve safety, make it easier for residents to stay active, and rebuild a cohesive neighborhood. ​