Strategies & Goals

Saint Luke's Neighborhood

Thriving Neighborhood Surrounding Saint Luke's

The connection between “place” and health is well documented. A person’s zip code can influence health more than their genetic code. Healthy communities include safe, well-maintained housing and neighborhoods with sidewalks, playgrounds and well-maintained parks, trees, attractive scenery and full-service grocery stores.

Opportunities for civic engagement, safety and thriving businesses whose services and products are appealing to residents are essential to the creation of healthy neighborhoods. Placemaking initiatives, such as resident-led events or community garden projects, create opportunities for socialization, and volunteerism, which have been shown to reduce psychological distress and enhance social connections and social capital. According to the Project for Public Spaces, evidence also indicates that placemaking strategies work to increase safety, perceived safety and mitigate crime.

We are committed to improvement of the Buckeye, Woodhill, Shaker Square and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods supporting their need for infrastructure enhancements and social emotional connections. We are staunchly committed to supporting community-based efforts that strengthen community.

In an effort to strengthen and improve the neighborhoods around Saint Luke’s to be neighborhoods of choice, we will support efforts that:

  • support infrastructure enhancements (i.e. parks, greenspace, transit, roads),
  • eliminate blight,
  • improve safety, and/or 
  • attract thriving businesses
  • Enhance the social-emotional well-being of residents