Our Work

Collective for Healthy Communities (CHC)

The Collective for Healthy Communities (CHC) is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded program designed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to respond to the lack of spaces for community members to come together to share their stories, learn about the impact of traumatic stress, learn to practice self-care and positive thinking techniques and participate in activities for renewal and revival. CHC strives to enhance the mental health and emotional resiliency of vulnerable children in New Orleans through a socio-ecological approach. To this end, CHC implements programming on the following levels; individual, interpersonal, community, and policy/societal.


CHC programmatic highlights include the following:

  • CHC/King’s College London Global Exchange Program
  • City of New Orleans Health Department Trauma Informed Care Learning Collaborative & CHC School Wellness liaison team
  • Photo Voice/Art Voice
  • Youth emotional wellness screenings and conduction of crisis assessments
  • Back Story documentary film
  • Crooked Room: Stories From New Orleans book
  • NOLA 4 Life wisdom circles
  • New Orleans East Synergy in Solutions (NOESIS) Renewal & Revival sessions
  • In That Number public will campaign
  • Community Uprising: Katrina, Resilience, Resistance & Culture After 10 Years conference
  • Reframing Resiliency initiative


For more information contact Tracey Spinato.

Red Tent Events

The Collective for Healthy Communities (CHC) convenes healing circles and wellness gatherings in beautifully constructed and adorned ‘Red Tents’ in a variety of community spaces around the Greater New Orleans area. These communal events utilize stress reduction techniques such as acupuncture, deep breathing, massage, aromatherapy, and art to assist participants in enhancing their overall emotional resiliency and coping mechanisms.

For more information, or if you would like to host a Red Tent, contact Tracey Spinato.