Every child needs a village – a connected community of caring adults to support them, and safe and nurturing environments that will allow them to thrive.

Healthi Kids is a grassroots community coalition and an initiative of Common Ground Health. Since 2008, we have been advocating for healthier kids in the City of Rochester and across the Finger Lakes region (Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Ontario, Yates, Steuben, Schuyler, Seneca and Chemung counties). We believe in the power of youth and resident voice to co-create solutions, influence decision makers and transform systems that support healthy development for all kids.

Our agenda embraces kids and families at the center of all decision making. We advocate policies, systems and environmental changes that nurture the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of kids from birth to age 8. We do this by focusing on policies that promote healthy habit building and healthy relationships, create safe and secure environments and psychological safety, and cultivate skills and competencies of adults who care for children.

The Healthi Kids initiative is funded by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, the Rochester Area Community Foundation and the New York State Department of Health.

To read our current advocacy agenda, click here