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 6 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


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
  • Partnership with Good Life Growing to establish produce stand in The Ville/The Greater Ville, Bevo Mill, and Carr Square, with support from Alderman Moore
  • Projects in Forest Park Southeast, Bevo Mill, and Shaw coming soon!


How to Get Involved

Meetings occur in each community on a monthly basis. The following list is organized by day of the week:

  • Bevo Mill – 4th Monday of the Month – 4:30PM
  • Carondelet – 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 4:45 PM
  • FPSE/Shaw – 4th Tuesday of the Month – 4:45 PM
  • The Greater Ville – 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 4PM
  • Carr Square – 4th Thursday of the Month – 4PM

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

All HSHC communities come together for a city-wide meeting on a quarterly basis. Location and dates tend to vary. For up-to-date meeting information, contact

For more information on participating in a HSHC program or event, contact