The partners within the Southern Oaks project range from the city-county health department to local universities, city parks and recreation services, metro libraries and Oklahoma City Public Schools, representing an elementary school that will be an integral part of this program. Furthermore, my role as community liaison overseeing community focus groups and data collection by community/public health students will ensure a strong voice and presence of the community members themselves. I believe this is how change happens. This is how we change communities: by investing in them and giving them the opportunity to use their voice and expertise of what they need to improve their community. This project is focusing on the overall health of community members by acknowledging their power and voice to know their community and direct change. This project is something I believe will lead the way in bringing new life into the community which will inspire community members to lead productive lives. Areas around the project suffer from high poverty rates, high susceptibility to cardiovascular diseases, and chronic diseases. This project is reaches out to families by partnering with those agencies that are serving the community. The differennce is that my role as community liaison will ensure that the community is prioritized as a partner and that their voice is heard. Changing the lives of families by improving their quality of life changes the lives of the children within communities. These families will be exposed to educational, recreational, health promotion, and medical services in one location, addressing social determinants of health that make their choice to be healthy, active and educated citizens the easy choice. Children acquire the habits and lifestyles of their parents and reaching out to both can lead to more successful programs that will be sustained by community members. Project partners are seeking the expertise of community members with the intent of providing sustainable, appropriate, and needed programs that will benefit and be used by the community.