Healthy Community Initiative

Bon Secours Health System is committed to creating communities of health, hope and well-being. This commitment is founded in our Catholic social tradition, which teaches us that each person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society – in terms of economics and politics – directly affects the capacity of a person to grow and develop. There are many things that need to come together to create a healthy community, including access to quality health care, functional and affordable housing, education, employment, public safety, and recreational and cultural opportunities.

Bon Secours is developing long-term, collaborative relationships with the people who live and work in selected neighborhoods in the communities we serve and with other local organizations so that together we can identify and address priorities to improve the quality of life and health.

Health Care and the Ethics of Building Healthy Communities

Promise Neighborhoods Consortium

In 2009, Bon Secours joined other community members in Richmond to develop a Promise Neighborhood initiative, with a long-term goal of ending generational poverty, improving children’s achievements in school, and providing families with opportunities.

The Richmond Promise Neighborhood initiative connects stakeholders to coordinate support services from cradle to career. Those stakeholders include representatives from Bon Secours, The Community Foundation, United Way, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Public Schools, City of Richmond, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Better Housing Coalition, LISC, Communities In Schools of Richmond, Peter Paul Development Center, and other community-based organizations. Richmond Promise Neighborhood also includes area residents in the research, planning, and accountability of services being delivered in the area.