Heart 2 Heart: Each One, Teach One
H2H incorporates the “each one, teach one” method within its efforts toward achieving health equity. This is an approach that has been woven into many “Promotora”/ Community Health Advocate/Residential Health Advocate models. The projects and interventions developed and implemented incorporate the perspectives, voices and ideas of community members that inform a structure for community strengthening and capacity building. In January 2011, H2H was able to award 6 community-driven projects with mini-grants ranging from $500-$1,500. In further shaping and developing their projects, awardees participated in a series of leadership development trainings that included:
- A viewing of the film “Unnatural Causes” - involving active discussions and action planning on how their respective projects will address health inequities that exist in South Berkeley;
- Financial literacy courtesy of the Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union;
- Community outreach and advocacy.
Through these trainings, community members can also use the tools and information they received when seeking additional funding to continue and/or conduct similar projects and activities in the future – further developing the capacity to make change and serve as a resource for their counterparts.
The community projects that were funded by the H2H mini-grants include:
- S.O.S. – Sandwiches and Smoothies on Sacramento
Developed by two youth from Berkeley Youth Alternatives.
Their mission is to provide healthier food options within the H2H neighborhoods
- Zen Meditation and Practice Class
Developed by two South Berkeley community members.
Where: San Pablo Park Frances Albrier Recreation Center, Crafts Room
2800 Park Street, Berkeley
When: Monday evenings 6:00pm – 7:00pm; March 7th through April 25th
- Intergenerational Gardening Classes
Lead by two volunteers from Spiral Gardens.
Participants learn how to grow their own food as well as the positive health benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables
Where: Spiral Gardens, corner of Sacramento & Oregon Streets in Berkeley, CA
When: Saturdays, April 23 and May 7 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
- Disaster Preparedness Trainings
Lead by the South Berkeley Community Action team (CAT)
- Youth-led cooking classes and video
Developed by the McGee Avenue Baptist Church and Young Adult Project’s Voices of Triumph Leadership Academy
- “Unnatural Causes” training and policy development
Led by the Black Infant Health Program