The Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) was formed in 1992.
The model was introduced by local healthcare professionals, who learned of new approaches to community health at a national conference. From these early years, HCI has been guided by the best practices work of the Search Institute. The Search Institute has identified 40 building blocks (or “assets”) that are important to youth development. Research has found that young people who have more of these assets in their lives have a greater likelihood of growing up healthy and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drug use and violence.
By design, HCI does not operate or manage its own programs. Instead, HCI works with community partners to foster collaboration and to support community-driven efforts that benefit Northfield youth and families. By offering its support, HCI strives to build the capacity of the community to more effectively serve its young people.
HCI is a coalition, run by a board of community leaders, youth, parents, and school personnel. HCI staff assist with supporting youth development and community-building activities in Northfield.
HCI’s Mission: To cultivate a collaborative community that supports, values and empowers youth
HCI’s Vision: A community where all youth thrive
HCI thanks its wonderful donors for their ongoing support of HCI and its work.