Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds is a vigorous, collaborative, long-term effort to transform community health in South County.
South County comprises nine cities and towns, many of which hug Rhode Island’s southern coast. The region features both affluence and “invisible” pockets of poverty that has led to health disparities.
South County Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds develops healthy community initiatives on its own and partners with other community organizations to support two goals: reducing childhood obesity and providing mental health supports for young people.
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds is primarily funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its role as one of 10 Health Equity Zones (HEZ) in the state. The Youth Mental Health First Aid Training is funded via SAMHSA. South County Health underwrites administration and staffing.