LHMG was started in February, 2014 by the City of Miami Gardens in partnership with the Health Foundation of South Florida. The City was selected after an extensive and highly competitive process led by the foundation, as a grantee to establish LHMG through a 6 year (2014-2020), $3.75 million dollar grant. The initiative is part of the foundation’s strategic and systemic effort to reduce poor health outcomes by engaging community residents to improve selected public health indicators. LHMG is a partnership with stakeholders aimed at strengthening the community’s capacity to collaboratively plan and collectively carryout strategies that make this vibrant community healthier.
The City of Miami Gardens serves as the Host Agency (HA) for LHMG. As the HA, the City serves as primary convener, communicator, coordinator and capacity builder. The HA is responsible for the success of the program and ensuring that program related policies are implemented.
The City of Miami Gardens was incorporated on May 13, 2003, and is the 33rd city in Miami-Dade County. With a population of approximately 110,000, the City of Miami Gardens is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County. Miami Gardens is a solid, working and middle class community of unique diversity. It is the largest predominantly African-American municipality in Florida and boasts many Caribbean and Hispanic residents. The City hosted the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl™, Super Bowl XLIV™, 2013 Orange Bowl and 2013 BCS National Championship game. The City has demonstrated steady growth in the areas of community and economic development, and has gained a reputation for being a hot destination in South Florida.