Who We Are

Healthy Schools Healthy Communities (HSHC) is a 5-year initiative funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health. This community engagement initiative is designed to work in 7 city wards/neighborhoods. The overall purpose of HSHC is to:

  • Increase access to healthy food
  • Create environmental change
  • Connect programming to neighborhoods
  • Introduce or strengthen policy


Where We Are

Click on the map of HSHC Communities to enlarge.

Map of HSHC Communities


What We Do

Healthy Schools Healthy Communities develops relationships with community stakeholders to implement strategies to build a healthier future for long-term sustainability. Some of our past and current projects include:

  • Installation of water line at The Ville Family Garden on Maffit and continued collaboration to support successful community gardening with Gateway Greening
  • Cooking Matters for Families programs in Carondelet, The Greater Ville, and Carr Square with Operation Food Search
  • Community walk audits facilitated by Trailnet
  • Lighting repair by Ameren Missouri near Hickey Elementary School playground in The Greater Ville
  • Assembly of exercise equipment at Tandy Recreation Center in The Ville
  • Creation of Youth Ambassador Club in Carr Square, sponsored by Aetna
  • Award Yourself with Good Health event in Carr Square
  • Earn a Bike program with Bicycle Works in Carr Square, Carondelet, and The Greater Ville
  • Assembly of garden beds at Woodward Elementary School garden in Carondelet, supported by Gateway Greening
  • Community Gardening 101 training in the Carondelet and The Greater Ville communities, facilitated by Gateway Greening
  • Fitness Station installation in Carr Square community
  • Crosswalk enhancement to increase safety in Carondelet and The Greater Ville, with cooperation from Traffic Engineer – Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator with City of St. Louis, Alderman Villa, Alderman Cohn, Alderwoman Murphy, Alderman Moore, and Trailnet
  • Let’s Move! Move Your Body city-wide flash mob event, in collaboration with Ballpark Village
  • Double Dutch Showcase city-wide event at Wohl Recreation Center
  • Smart and Secure Children parent mentoring and support program with Healthy Kids and Teens, Inc in The Greater Ville and Carr Square
  • Playground replacement at Tandy Park in The Ville, in collaboration with the St. Louis City Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry and with support from Alderman Moore
  • Establishment of fitness tool display encouraging parents to exercise while their children play at playgrounds in St. Louis City parks
  • Creation of schematic plan for walking trail in Carr Square, with CDI, Inc
  • Enhancement and development of outdoor recreational facilities at Urban K Life in The Ville
  • Partnership with Big River Running to provide running shoes to students participating in the Go! St. Louis Middle School Miler program
  • Installation of playground grass under fitness stations in Carr Square and Carondelet
  • Established a Community Champion in Bevo Mill
  • Completion of Phase 1 of the Carr Square Walking Trail at the Gateway Campus
  • “Taking Care of You” Program facilitated by MU Extension in Bevo Mill
  • Repair and additional installation to water source at community garden at Gateway Complex in Carr Square
  • Home Food Preservation program called “Make and Take” facilitated by MU Extension to residents of Bevo Mill and Carondelet at Thomas Dunn Learning Center
  • Purchased and installed a new stove at Tandy Rec Center in Greater Ville
  • Established new loading zone at Mullanphy Elementary in Shaw
  • Installation of irrigation system at Good Life Growing in the Ville
  • Installation of water source at Farragut School Community Garden

How to Get Involved

Community-wide meetings are held on a bimonthly basis and will occur in the following months:

  • January
  • March
  • May
  • July
  • September 
  • November

Voices from the Community

“Thank you so much!!!  Words cannot express our gratitude for your help in getting us this water connection in our garden.  We have been hauling water in drink coolers to keep it from burning up all summer. Both resident on the sides of the garden moved and their water was cut off.  But now we will have our own water source starting in early October!”

Robert LaPlante

Family Community Specialist


Monthly meeting locations in each community tend to vary. For up-to-date information on meeting locations, contact [email protected]

For more information on participating in a HSHC program or to receive our newsletter, contact [email protected].