The Healthy Ontario Initiative is working to improve the environment, systems, and policies in Ontario, California by creating Healthy Ontario/ HEAL Zone Health Hubs, which will serve as education and outreach centers for healthcare and preventive wellness.

Key Partners

  • Partners for Better Health​
  • San Antonio Regional Hospital (SARH)​
  • County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health​

In partnership with:

  • The City of Ontario Planning Department​
  • The City of Ontario Recreation & Community ​Services Department ​
  • El Sol Neighborhood Educational Center​
  • The Ontario Montclair School District ​
  • Huerta Del Valle Community Garden​
  • Well of Healing​
  • Old Grove Orange ​

Obstacles to Health and Identified Health Challenges

  • High poverty rates, poor nutritional access, low rates of physical activity
  • Low rates of health care access, cultural mistrust of the health care system, primary care physician shortage
  • Obesity and associated conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes ​

Background

The Healthy Ontario Initiative (HOI-BH) focuses on a five-mile radius within one of Ontario, California’s lowest income neighborhoods (which is served by the Ontario Montclair School District) with one of the highest emergency room readmission rates within San Antonio Regional Hospital’s service area. ​

Working together with the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Zone Kaiser funded pilot project, the HOI-BH Project will address the local obesity epidemic and associated ills, such as poverty, heart disease, and diabetes. HOI hopes to change Ontario systems and policy for long-term sustainability while expanding Health Hubs and environmental solutions across the City of Ontario.  ​

The HOI partners created four HEAL Zone Health Hubs anchored by two city parks with community centers, two family health centers, a community garden, and 4 places of worship. Further measures include: ​

  • Improving the type of fresh food that OMSD provides to students through a locally grown produce distribution model​
  • Implementing city systems and policies to promote farmers markets​
  • Incentivizing local food partnerships and restaurants to incorporate a variety of healthy options​
  • Creating health literacy programs in collaboration with SARH​