Message from the Director

Creating Conditions for Health is a Community Responsibility

Everyone knows the phrase: Without your health you have nothing,” and yet what does that mean to a community. The World Health Organization defines health as: “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being -- not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Coalitions, like SCHC, have  previously been criticized that we are often too broad in our work, and many would prefer us to cling to a narrower version of health—one rooted in biological basis.

Our health, though, is often significantly impacted by our environment, living conditions and economic status. We are only as healthy as our ecosystems. The conditions of our community, homes and body are all interrelated. People who eat well and exercise have been known to die from a heart attack, if under tremendous stress, and others deteriorate from loneliness.- READ FULL MESSAGE