The Riverside County Health Coalition (RCHC) was formed in 2009 with the mission to promote, improve and sustain social and physical environments for healthy eating behaviors and active lifestyles for wellness through policy development and advocacy, environment change and community empowerment in Riverside County. RCHC is a public/private partnership that gathers, supports and mobilizes partners from multiple domains; provides leadership and vision; and coordinates county-wide efforts in the promotion of healthier living throughout our county. Members represent both public and private sectors, including various county agencies, school districts and colleges, and local and regional foundations. Members also represent community businesses, local cities, local health clinics and medical organizations and local Medi-Cal managed health care plans. Local coalitions, regional organizations and members of the community are also active coalition members.
Coalition members work collaboratively to identify and support broader solutions to combat obesity, poor nutrition and physical inactivity to improve the overall health of Riverside County residents and enhance the community's capacity to address these risk factors. The Coalition holds quarterly general membership meetings to share best practices and report on workgroup activities.
The Coalition also has three established workgroups: Policy, Community and Schools Active Living and Local Healthy Food Access. The Policy Workgroup focused its initial efforts on successful passage of the Healthy Communities Element as part of the Riverside County General Plan Update; passage of the Healthy Riverside County Resolution; initial discussions about joint-use agreements between schools and communities for use of school facilities after hours; encouraging more hospitals to seek "Baby Friendly" designation and working with local businesses to comply with regulations supporting breastfeeding in the workplace. The Community and Schools Active Living workgroup is will begin work to mobilize fifteen of our cities to adopt Healthy City Resolutions. In support of this goal, they will engage cities and other partners in the establishment of formalized shared use agreements and other related policy endeavors. The Local Healthy Food Access workgroup will focus its efforts over the next two years on development of a food delivery cooperative, corner store conversions and other activities that will increase access and availability of healthy foods. These activities will be accomplished in partnership with CNAP and CAP (Food Policy Council. They will also be developing a resource inventory of Riverside County healthy eating programs, classes and food assistance services.