Heart 2 Heart Program
Heart 2 Heart (H2H) is a unique collaboration between City of Berkeley Public Health, LifeLong Medical Care community health center, and the community. Working together, we bring a holistic, community-based approach to addressing inequities in hypertension and heart disease within a 2-by-4 block South Berkeley neighborhood. H2H connects residents with needed programs, resources, and services. H2H has endured and fostered trusting relationships within the community for 6 years, despite dramatic changes in funding and staffing. The program serves as a model for communities, local public health, and community health centers addressing pressing health needs through partnership.
The Philosophy for Heart 2 Heart
“Give me a fish and I will eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I will eat for a lifetime.”
The vision for H2H is to create a sustainable program within the identified H2H neighborhood, and to provide services and administer programs that the community has a stake in and can claim ownership of. The concept of the quote--“Give me a fish and I will eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I will eat for a lifetime”-- is truly fitting for the focus of H2H. It embodies the concept of community members becoming empowered to create positive change within their neighborhood that will have longevity and that many will benefit from.
Partnering for Health
H2H has fostered interdepartmental relationships within the City of Berkeley, as well as with community members from H2H neighborhoods, local businesses, and community based organizations. This approach is beneficial in tailoring programming that is authentic, recognizes the needs of the community, and meets community members where they are. In our efforts, we incorporate an approach that recognizes other aspects that have an impact on a person’s health and well being. Specifically, an approach that links health, economics and education – noting that if there is a deficiency or overabundance in one of these areas, inequities have the potential to increase.
Holistic Preventative Care
H2H links community members to resources and services that will help improve their health; as well as incorporate linkages to services and programs for education and economic stability. We look to integrate a holistic approach to addressing health inequities by incorporating activities that may not have an explicit health focus, but do have an indirect impact on a person’s health. We provide linkages to resources that provide services such as job skill development, financial literacy and educational programs.
City of Berkeley Youth Works
City of Berkeley Parks & Recreation Department
Berkeley Community College
What services does the program offer?
H2H offers community members and collaborating organizations the opportunity and guidance to work together and design programs and classes that will support residents in preventing and managing high blood pressure and heart disease. Free blood pressure screening is also offered via the H2H Mobile Health Van on designated days of the month.
Who is the program for?
A designated neighborhood in South Berkeley
Cost for services: FREE
How can I participate in the Heart 2 Heart Program?
If you are interested in learning more or participating in being a part of creating a healthier Berkeley community please call (510) 981-5289 or email KBrown@cityofberkeley.info, or call Gin Hansson at (510) 981-4140 or email GHannsson@lifelongmedical.org.
City of Berkeley Public Health Division
Heart 2 Heart Program
1947 Center Street, Second Floor
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-5308 (Phone)
(510) 981-5395 (Fax)
(510) 981-6903 (TDD)
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm