August 31, 2017

For 6 weeks this summer 181 children who could not afford to go to a summer camp participated in Takoma Park Lunch and Learn. The program provides free breakfast and lunch and lots of fun summer activities.  There were trips to the Piney Branch pool for swimming classes. There was a Lun...

February 28, 2013

In 2012 CHEER moved forward in creating healthy, thriving communities in Long Branch and Takoma Park, Maryland, by completing a Community Strategic Plan and advancing community priorities by forming coalitions, circles, and leading major initiatives, such as the creation of a Health Ent...

September 4, 2012

The goal of the Long Branch Health Enterprise Zone is to reduce health disparities in the Long Branch/Takoma Park community.  This community has a diverse population with significant disparities in income and opportunity. The Health Enterprise Zone is modeled after other successful plac...

September 4, 2012

Community Health and Empowerment through Education and Research (CHEER) is coordinating a coalition of government and local non-profit organizations to establish aHealth Enterprise Zone (HEZ) in Long Branch. This is a new State funded, place-based approach that could bring as much as $1...

June 9, 2012

Are you looking for ideas about how to improve your neighborhood?

 

In the recent community strategic planning process for Takoma Park and Long Branch community members shared dozens of ideas for achieving priority goals.

 

The priority goals center on six areas:

 

(1)  Employment opportunity

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June 9, 2012

Are you looking for ideas about how to improve your neighborhood?

In the recent community strategic planning process for Takoma Park and Long Branch community members shared dozens of ideas for achieving priority goals.

 

The priority goals center on six areas:

  1. (1)  Employment opportuni...

May 17, 2012

What are the top priorities that should drive our community improvement efforts over the next five years?  CHEER recently asked this question of about 40 community leaders representing the diversity of Takoma Park and Long Branch.  From a list of 22 goals related to housing, health, and...

December 27, 2011

CHEER asked voters in the Takoma Park City elections in November, “What do you think is the most important change needed in your community?” This open-ended question drew responses from 136 voters.

 

About half of the respondents were from Wards 2 and 3, which had contested council seat r...

December 16, 2011

CHEER held its first idea jam on November 17, 2011 on the income gap in Takoma Park.  After reviewing the statistics documenting a 50% increase in high income households, a 15% loss of middle income households, and a stable number of low income households over the last decade, the...

January 24, 2011

Takoma Park will formulate a new model for democracy. We will connect people and empower them to solve problems.

 

We are already moving in this direction, and in coming years we will create urban agriculture and food cooperatives, local sustainable energy and recycling industries, and wi...

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