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Neighborhoods Matter

Neighborhoods Matter is a targeted community driven, community-based approach to reduce the health disparities impacting maternal, child and family health. We are currently working in the East Central neighborhood of Spokane.

Neighborhoods Matter believes in connecting neighbors and strengthening communities. We focus on the assets present in communities, particularly the commitment and dedication of residents. We view residents as the experts in identifying and addressing the issues and concerns present in their community. Neighborhoods Matter has three overarching goals:

  1. Expand neighborhood capacity to address root causes of health issues
  2. Create connectivity among neighborhood residents
  3. Create sustainability
Neighborhoods Matter’s Governance Council, composed of residents and stakeholders in East Central, identified the activities that would help us meet these goals including:
Community Kitchens
Community kitchens are community based cooking programs where small groups of people come together to prepare meals and take food home to their families. In a community kitchen everyone participates by picking the recipes, cooking the food and cleaning the kitchen. Community kitchens are great opportunities for meeting other neighbors and learning more about food and nutrition. For more information, please call Jennifer Hansen at 324-1666.
Community Kitchens Toolkit (PDF 4MB)
Play and Learn
Play and Learn encourages parents to play with their children, which increases attachment and bonding. In addition, parents build social connections with other parents in the neighborhood and are provided references for concrete services. We currently have a Play and Learn that meets every Monday at the East Central Community Center from 5:30 – 7:00 PM, and another one that meets every Wednesday at the Emmanuel Center from 11:30 am – 1:00 PM. For more information, please call Peggy Slider at 324-1637.
Safety Community Café
The Safety Community Café started in July of 2011 to address safety concerns in East Central. Members of the Safety Community Café are currently planning a clean-up day for Underhill Park on April 21 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The clean-up will be followed by a Block Party from 12:00 -1:00 PM. Food will be provided. We welcome community residents to join us. In addition to food, there will be activities for children. For more information, please call Peggy Slider at 324-1637.


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August 21, 2017