The Liberty City Community Collaborative for Change is:

  • Engaging and empowering residents with “block-by-block” strategy​.
  • Establishing data-sharing agreements among health care providers​.
  • Offering family services including parent leadership training courses​.
  • Strengthening strategic plan for improved public safety using evidence-based and community-led crime prevention and restorative justice interventions.

Key Partners: 

  • Florida Institute for Health Innovation​
  • Miami Children’s Initiative​
  • Jackson Health Systems​
  • Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County​

In partnership with:

  • Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc.​
  • Catalyst Miami ​​

Obstacles to Health and Identified Health Challenges

Poverty, low educational attainment levels, crime and violence, including disproportionately high rates of physical, sexual, and child abuse

Chronic stress from safety concerns

Trauma, poor mental and physical health outcomes, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, sleeping disorders, high blood pressure, and stroke

Background

The Liberty City Community Collaborative for Change: A BUILD Health Challenge targets a Miami-area community that is characterized by poverty, lack of food access, low educational attainment levels, and violence, including disproportionately high rates of physical, sexual, and child abuse. These attributes lead to trauma, chronic stress, and mental and physical health outcomes, such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, sleeping disorders, high blood pressure, and strokes.  ​

Working collaboratively with Liberty City neighborhood leaders, the Florida Institute for Health Innovation, Miami Children’s Initiative, Jackson Health Systems and the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County will address crime and violence in Liberty City as barriers to community health.

Miami Children’s Initiative will use its “block-by-block” strategy, working directly with Liberty City residents, and together with Catalyst Miami, will leverage its Parent Leadership Training to build community capacity for resident-driven action. Health care, public health and community leaders will work together to: ​

  1. Identify and address root causes of crime-driven health outcomes. ​
  2. Leverage community and health resources.  ​
  3. Strategically plan for improved public safety, using evidence-based and community-designed crime prevention and restorative justice interventions.