Who we are
Resources for Health is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, grassroots, community-based health promotion organization.
“Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. To reach a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, an individual or group must be able to identify and to realize aspirations, to satisfy needs, and to change or cope with the environment.”
To empower citizens to care for their health, the environment, and their communities.
We envision a world in which all people have full access to the “fundamental conditions and resources for health” as outlined in the Ottawa Charter on Health Promotion from the WHO’s First International Conference on Health Promotion in 1986:
Based on the work of critical pedagogy theorist Paulo Freire, our approach links information, reflection, compassion, and action to generate community collaboration that facilitates social change at a local level and beyond.
“It is not enough for people to come together in dialogue in order to gain knowledge of their social reality. They must act together upon their environment in order critically to reflect upon their reality and so transform it through further action and critical reflection.” – Paulo Freire
Our creative programming elucidates the inextricable connections linking personal, environmental, and community health. We engage individuals and families in health promoting activities that facilitate their active participation as environmental and community stewards, removing obstacles to health in our environment and supporting conditions for health in our communities. Through reflection, dialogue, and outreach to others, we advance a critical awareness of the environmental realities and social myths that limit opportunities for health, but are also within our power to change.
The Ottawa Charter’s following statement provides a guiding framework for implementing this approach:
“Health is created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday life; where they learn, work, play and love. Health is created by caring for oneself and others, by being able to take decisions and have control over one’s life circumstances, and by ensuring that the society one lives in creates conditions that allow the attainment of health by all its members. Caring, holism and ecology are essential issues in developing strategies for health promotion.”
By applying this approach to our vision, we ultimately hope to achieve health equity for all, defined by Healthy People 2020 as
“the attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires valuing everyone equally with focused and ongoing societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities, historical and contemporary injustices, and the elimination of health and health care disparities.”