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City of Richmond Healthy Neighborhoods! Community Audit

For Immediate Release            

September 29, 2009


Contact:  Rochelle Monk

                (510) 620-6511




City of Richmond to Host Community Workshops in

Iron Triangle and Belding Woods Neighborhoods to Solicit Input for

Healthy Neighborhood Improvements



(Richmond, CA) – The City of Richmond, in collaboration with the West Contra Costa Unified School District and Contra Costa Health Services, is hosting two community workshops to solicit input for neighborhood improvements in the Iron Triangle and Belding Woods neighborhoods.


The first community workshop for the Iron Triangle neighborhood is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Peres Elementary School, Multipurpose Room. 


The second community workshop for the Belding Woods neighborhood will be on Wednesday, October 14th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Cesar E. Chavez Elementary School, Cafeteria. 


Free dinner and on-site children’s activities will be provided during both workshops.


With support from The California Endowment, the City of Richmond will soon become the first California city to include in its General Plan a free-standing Community Health and Wellness Element.  The expected outcomes of the collaborative effort are:


-                     improvements to the built environment in the Iron Triangle and Belding Woods neighborhoods that address health disparities and improve wellness;

-                     strengthened partnerships among neighborhood community members, government agencies, school district, businesses and community based organizations;

-                     improved access to parks and recreation, healthy foods, and medical services; and

-                     increased green and sustainable development and practices.


Neighborhood participants of the community workshops are also invited to evaluate their respective neighborhoods on Saturday, October 17.   Space is limited, so residents are encouraged to sign up for the walk audits during the community workshop.


The walk audit exercise will use the photovoice method to assist residents in identifying health related assets and liabilities in their neighborhoods.  Photovoice is a participatory activity in which residents are provided disposable cameras to take pictures of their neighborhoods. 


After the photos are developed, residents are asked to select their best pictures, to create captions for the pictures, and to share their vision for a healthy neighborhood.   Combining elements of asset mapping, walk audits, and photovoice, a brief survey tool will be developed to gather residents’ perceptions of access to healthy food, environmental quality, neighborhood assets, and suggested improvements.


City Manager Bill Lindsay states, “This is a very important project.  The success of which depends on the active participation of area residents.  We look forward to working with the community to help build a healthy Richmond.”


Rochelle Monk

Community Affairs Coordinator

City of Richmond - City Manager's Office

450 Civic Center Plaza

Richmond, CA  94804

(510) 620-6511 - direct

(510) 620-6542 - fax