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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.


The Host Council (HC) is the planning and advisory body steering committee comprised of Miami Gardens’ residents and stakeholders that guides and provides oversight for the initiative. Currently, the HC is comprised of 16 community stakeholders representing a broad, multi-agency and resident engagement and representation in LHMG. Additionally, the HC is responsible for providing leadership and direction in the development and implementation of the LMHG Community Action Plan; participating actively in designing and planning, policy determination and participatory evaluation activities; selecting the community Health Impact areas (HIAs) based on a data gathering, analysis and prioritization process; implement effective recruitment and retention strategies within the target area to ensure appropriate community involvement and support; serving as ambassadors/advocates and help problem solve; and reviewing progress, risks, and issues and recommending resolution.


The Advisory Committee is comprised of community stakeholders who have a keen interest in ensuring the project’s success and are committed to serving as champions and contribute to the project’s efforts to raise awareness, raise resources and engage the community.


The Sub Councils are working committees specifically formed to identify and recommend strategies for the selected Health Impact Areas (HIAs) of LHMG.  The Sub-Councils are comprised of residents and stakeholders with interest and/or expertise in a specific HIA.  During the implementation phase of the initiative, the Sub-Councils also provide oversight to the funded programs and services reflected in the Community Action Plan.

Healthy Community Partnership

A program of the City of Miami Gardens.

About Healthy Community Partnership

MISSION: to foster and maintain a community culture of health and well-being for all residents of the city through access, information, activities and services.

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