bold. upstream. integrative. local. data-driven.

The BUILD Health Challenge is designed to encourage communities to build meaningful partnerships among hospitals and health systems, community-based organizations, their local health department, and other organizations to improve the overall health of local residents. It's funders - the de Beaumont Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Advisory Board Company and The Colorado Health Foundation - aim to inspire communities to take innovative and collaborative approaches to improving population health by directly addressing social determinants of health. These awards recognize and support integrative health interventions such as community gardening and urban farming, health education programs, and interventions focused on physical fitness. BUILD projects will take upstream approaches to improve community health and promote health equity. 


Chandler Park Healthy Neighborhood Initiative


Our project

Detroit, Michigan's 48213 zip code faces extreme divestment; there is a general lack of access to transportation, education, food, health insurance and other resources. These social determinants serve as obstacles to the health of the community, where many residents suffer from chronic cardiovascular disease and the complications associated with Type-2 diabetes.

In June 2015, the Chandler Park Healthy Neighborhood Initiative was awarded one of only 11 BUILD Health Challenge Planning Grants to develop integrative health programs and interventions that will improve health outcomes in the 48213 zip code, through enhancements to the social and urban infrastructure at Chandler Park.

Read our BUILD Health Challenge Planning Grant Proposal.

Read our Build Health Implementation Plan

the park

Chandler Park is one of Detroit's 4 regional parks, with 220 acres of usable land. From 2010-2015, the Kellogg Foundation funded the Chandler Park Promise Coalition's planning and pre-development initiative. After 20 years of neglect, Chandler Park is now on track to full revitalization; funding has been secured for the construction and/or planning of the following installations: an artificial turf football and soccer field, tennis courts, a formal flower garden, a community food garden, comfort stations, grass soccer fields, tee ball fields, and greenway paths for biking and walking. These installations promote healthy lifestyles among residents living near the park and are projected to increase community engagement in the lower east side.