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Collaborative Cottage Grove

Greensboro, North Carolina

The time is now to be bold in truth; truth about the reality of what vulnerable populations and underserved communities are dealing with. Community-Centered Health has been the catalyst for community change in the most underserved areas in our city. The Community-Centered Health work we do makes us a part of the solution, not a contributing factor to the problems. This is empowering not only for us as organizational leaders, but for the residents themselves. So many times, residents in the community feel like nobody is fighting for them. It's important that we fight not just for them but with them.

Josie Williams, Executive Director, Greensboro Housing Coalition

Location

Greensboro, NC

Partners

Cone Health System, Cottage Grove Neighborhood Association, Greensboro Housing Coalition, Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Mustard Seed Community Health, New Hope Community Development Group, UNC-Greensboro

Issue Area(s)

Healthy Affordable Housing, Healthy Food Access, Active Living

Background

The Cottage Grove neighborhood in Greensboro, North Carolina is extremely diverse, with many languages and a variety of cultures represented. Years of disinvestment resulted in challenging and inequitable conditions for these neighbors.

Using the Community-Centered Health approach, Collaborative Cottage Grove is working to improve housing and neighborhood conditions to reduce the severity of asthma and other respiratory conditions and increase access to healthy food. Neighbors are actively leading work to advocate for their neighborhood and healthier, affordable, housing conditions by engaging with local universities, community health workers, and city leaders to improve neighborhood infrastructure and food access.

Key Achievements to Date

  • Advocated for investments to improve conditions in Cottage Grove, ultimately leading to the sale and purchase of one of the city’s largest affordable housing apartment complexes, with new ownership committed to improving living conditions without displacing current residents.
  • Identified a mobile produce market that now makes 85 visits to the neighborhood annually.
  • Successfully advocated for infrastructure improvements including bike lanes, playground equipment, and remediation for a former landfill site.
  • Received national recognition and funding via the BUILD Health Challenge.

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