Building Healthy Communities
South County: United for Health is a collaborative effort to create healthier communities where people live, work, learn, and play in the cities of Morgan Hill, Gilroy, San Martin and parts of unincorporated Santa Clara County, also known as South County. In September 2012, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department received a two-year Community Transformation Grant (CTG) for Small Communities from the Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDC) to support public health efforts to reduce preventable chronic diseases such as as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and strokes, of which disproportionately affect the 93,000 South County residents. The cost of these conditions is staggering; 75 cents of every dollar spent on medical costs are used to treat them. These costs do not include missed days of work or school, lost productivity, disability, reduced quality of life, and premature death. South County:United in Health proposes to reduce chronic disease prevalence and their associated health care costs by implementing community-wide strategies designed to positively impact factors that contribute to chronic disease and result in decreased rates of obesity, healthier eating, increased rates of physical activity, decrease tobacco use and exposure, and improved emotional well-being and overall mental health. The strategies selected for implementation were a result of a comprehensive community planning process coordinated by the South County Collaborative that involved a broad and diverse group of South County community and health leaders. The planning process involved an analysis of PHD and other community data concerning key health and social needs gaps and by evaluating the strategic approaches most suitable and effective for South County. The Nutrition and Health Committee of the South County Collaborative serves as the community action coalition of the project including mobilizing membership to assist in the implementation of South County: United for Health strategies. Members of the South County Collaborative also serve on the project’s leadership team providing guidance in building capacity with in South County to implement policy, systems and environmental changes that will lend sustainability to the project.

South County: United in Health will be implementing evidenced-based best practices in five strategic areas:

  • Tobacco-Free Living
  • Active Living and Healthy Eating
  • High Impact Clinical Preventative Services
  • Social and Emotional Well-Being
  • Healthy and Safe Environments

Through a competitive grant process, four community-based organizations were selected to implement the goals of the CTG grant:

  • Youth Alliance
  • Creative Mundo
  • Seneca Family of Agencies
  • Breathe California


Breast Feeding Resources:

Breast Feeding Guide
Breast Feeding Guide (Spanish)
Lactation Accommodation Policy Training
Pumping and Storing Breastmilk
Pumping and Storing Breastmilk (Spanish)
Breast Feeding Services
Breast Feeding Services (Spanish)

Worksite Wellness Resources: 

Portion Size Guide
Guide to Healthy Meetings and Events (Lunch and Dinner Ideas)
Guide to Healthy Meetings and Events (Breakfast Ideas)
Guide to Healthy Meetings and Events (Boxed Lunches and Catering Ideas)
Snack Products that Meet Nutrition Standards

For more information on Community Transformation Grant for Small Communities efforts, contact the Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at 408.793.2700 or visit the CTG website.