We envision diverse stakeholders working together to transform communities through best practices and community-driven research.
To decrease health disparities and improve community health through outreach programs, collaborative planning, research, and support.
· Equality – We value each voice equally.
· Equity – We believe in fairness and impartiality.
· Transparency – We operate in transparency.
· Commitment – We are committed to strengthening communities.
Founded in 2003, the Coalition was created by a group of residents, church leaders, local schools and other stakeholders based on the idea that basic human-development services for young people, seniors and adults in the northeast Baltimore neighborhood of Belair-Edison needed more attention. Supplementing the strengths of local civic organizations, Coalition volunteers worked tirelessly to deliver services through partnerships, contracts, and direct service.
Youth, parents, businesses, elected officials, civic partners, health systems, universities, and funders worked together to launch an array of personal, social and community development programs. Three, 10-station computer labs housed after-school, GED, and workforce-development programs within local churches. Middle and high school youth earned over 1200 hours designing and implementing community-improvement projects. Other significant achievements include the renovation of a dilapidated, drug-ridden basketball court, construction of a school playground, the installation of a new bus route to facilitate seniors' safe travel, and much more.
Today, the Healthy Communities Coalition (HCC) references the expansion of services beyond the Baltimore, Maryland community of Belair-Edison to marginalized communities in Chicago, IL.
We continue to work diligently to increase the capacity of community- and faith-based partners through program design, organizational development and support, and by preparing organizations to participate in community-engaged research.
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Ede Crittle is an agile professional with extensive experience spanning community engagement, volunteer management, and collaborative planning along with fundraising, grant writing, and coalition building. For more than two decades, she has convened diverse stakeholders to create innovative programming on which communities continue to build, thrive and celebrate.
Ede believes grassroots organizations are the heart of the community and key to effective and sustainable community development. Since 2011, she has planned and executed major projects, promoting equitable health and wellness by forging strong relationships between community partners, physicians, and researchers.
Among the many accolades she has received for her work in the community, Ede is most proud of the Johns Hopkins Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. Ede is currently pursuing a Certificate of Non-profit Management from the University of Chicago and completing the Non-profit Management Essentials Program sponsored by Northwestern University's Kellogg Center of Executive Education and AllState Foundation.
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