Healthy Community Initiative

Group walking

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.

East Ocean View Community

Norfolk’s East Ocean View community has a rich ethnic, religious, and economic diversity.

By partnering with local churches, civic organizations, city government, and other grassroots organizations, Bon Secours has touched the community in many ways, including:

  • A neighborhood beautification project
  • Renovation and expansion of a local food pantry that was destroyed by a  2009 flood
  • “Future CEOs” young entrepreneurs program, holiday events, and outreach programs.
  • “Passport to Health,” which encourages living a healthier lifestyle by providing healthy cooking and nutrition classes, an exercise program, and fresh produce.
  • The EOV Community Garden, 10 raised garden boxes, a solar-powered hydroponics system, flower beds, fruit trees and grapevines
  • Festivals throughout the year, with entertainment, cooking demonstrations and activities
  • Garden Market events, which provide fresh produce and easy, healthy recipes
  • Donated  playground equipment at the East Ocean View recreation center
  • Visits by the Care-A-Van mobile health clinic