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Bring Health Care to Low-Income Areas University

The 11th Street Family Health Services Center is a nurse managed clinic of Drexel University that serves Philadelphia's 11th Street Corridor - an area that encompasses several public housing tracts and suffers from limited access to affordable, quality health care services. The Center is centrally located within one of the Philadelphia Housing Authority's residential sites and has an Advisory Board comprised of neighborhood residents to ensure that the clinic is addressing the needs of the community. The clinic focuses on primary and preventive care and has recently added a Healthy Living Center, which provides programs to help patients reduce risk factors for diseases and to manage existing conditions. The Healthy Living Center programs include diabetes education, disease self-management programs, nutrition and cooking classes, exercise programs, and behavioral health groups. In addition, the Center serves as a training and education site for nurses and other health professionals in culturally competent, community-based care. The 11th Street Family Health Services Center is an excellent model of potential for partnerships between communities and medical institutions to improve the health and well-being of the community's most vulnerable residents. ... | Read More

Create Walking Wellness Initiative Government - Federal

Broome County Steps Program has created an innovative walking program, BC Walks, to encourage people in rural areas to become more physically active to help control diabetes and obesity in the community. BC Walks has enrolled more than 80,000 participants in the last 4 years. In one year, the percentage of people in the community who walked for 30 minutes or more, 5 days a week, increased from 53% to 61%. ... | Read More

Ensure Access to Top-Qualitity Groceries Advocacy Association

Many Americans living in high-poverty urban or rural areas have no access to high-quality nutritious foods from a full-service grocery store. In these food deserts, the closest location to purchase food is often a gas station or a mini-mart, which generally sells food that is high in fat and sugar. Maintaining a healthy diet is nearly impossible for low-income families living in these areas. The Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (FFFI) serves as a sustainable example of a public-private partnership between state and local government and food retailers seeks to promote the presence of full-service grocery stores in neighborhoods without access to high-quality, nutritious food. Through the Food Trust, FFFI provides the financial capital for grocery store operators to set up locations in neighborhoods with high enough demand to support a store but that might have otherwise been overlooked. ... | Read More

Help Patients Navigate Cancer Care Published literature

Research shows that underserved and vulnerable populations experience delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment and worse cancer outcomes compared to patients with better access to health care. In order to address this disparity, the National Cancer Institute initiated the Patient Navigation Research Program (PNRP), a 9-site program aimed at developing and testing whether Patient Navigator programs can effectively improve cancer outcomes for vulnerable patients and reduce inequalities in cancer care. Patient navigators work with patients who have had an abnormal finding on a screening test to help them navigate the health care system and access social services in order to ensure rapid diagnosis and treatment. PNRP focuses on four cancers - breast, cervical, prostate, and colorectal cancer - that have been shown to have the worst disparities in screening and follow-up. Qualitative and quantitative research to evaluate these patient navigator programs is on-going at the nine PNRP sites, where the primary outcome under consideration is time to delivery of quality, standard cancer care after identification of an abnormal finding. The results of this research will help us understand how to integrate patient navigators into existing systems for cancer care in order to disparities. ... | Read More

Help Reduce Health Disparities Government - non-federal

This policy brief outlines how five of CDC's Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health projects in U.S. communities in South Carolina, Massachusetts, California, Oklahoma and New York are working to eliminate disparities, how their success is translating into results and how policymakers can work to support and expand such programs in their states and communities. The brief also outlines 10 evidence-based policies for preventing diseases: 1) Promote healthy eating. 2) Get people moving. 3) Discourage smoking. 4) Encourage prevention coverage. 5) Promote health screenings. 6) Protect kids' smiles. 7) Require childhood immunizations. 8) Encourage immunizations for adults. 9) Make chlamydia screenings routine. 10) Promote routine HIV testing. ... | Read More

Promote Health through TV ADs and PSAs Government - non-federal

Luzerne County's Steps Program partnered with a local television station to create commercials and public service announcements to teach viewers how proper nutrition and physical activity can help prevent chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, and asthma. ... | Read More

SUCCESS STORIES

People everywhere are taking action – and they’re making a difference. From developing better eating and exercise habits to encouraging others to quit smoking, folks all across the nation are banding together to help make this country healthy. Read these three stories of success and find your inspiration to improve the health of your community.

Healthy Minnesota 2020

State seal of MinesotaThe Minnesota Department of Health has dynamically utilized America’s Health Rankings to build successful partnerships and action plans to improve health outcomes in their state.

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Live Well STL

Mary Jo Condon updates the progress of the Live Well STL initiative.  With support from United Health Foundation and the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition and the Midwest Health Initiative, developed Live Well STL to support St. Louis area residents in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

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Now in its fourth year, the MaineHealth Health Index Initiative was launched in 2009-10 with the two-fold aim of: 1) Engaging MaineHealth, Maine’s largest integrated health system, and its partners to use health data to inform needs and opportunities to improve the health of the nearly 1.0 million people in the 11 counties served by the MaineHealth system, and 2) Monitor improvements made in health status over time
 

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