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Results for Income Disparity, (2)

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

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


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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