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Total Health Driver – Employment
Employment is necessary to avoid poverty and to promote a healthy self-image.
As a health care delivery system and an insurer, GHC-SCW is uniquely positioned to positively address and reduce health inequities and disparities for the communities they serve. In partnership with YWCA-Madison the organizations formalized a three-year partnership, where the YWCA is providing technical assistance and support, internal capacity building, training opportunities and profession development related to health equity.
Kaiser Permanente launched the Thriving Schools initiative in 2013 in an effort to influence long-term behavior change and have a measurable effect on the health of students, staff and teachers in K-12 schools in the community.
In New Mexico’s South Valley and International District, poverty, limited access to healthy, affordable food and severe health inequities are common. Recognizing the urgent need for affordable, accessible, healthy food, Presbyterian Healthcare Services (PHS) subsidizes the La Cosecha Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, part of the Agri-Cultura Network. The partners identify low-income, food-insecure families in the South Valley and International District and connect them with weekly bags of fresh, locally grown produce during the 20-week growing season.
UCare partners with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services to hold an annual Senior Legal Fair, a free, multi-cultural and multi-lingual event serving the legal needs of low-income seniors across the Twin Cities metro area.
Recognizing East African refugees settling in the community need support, the UCare Foundation funded a program that aims to improve the overall health of refugees and reduce the health disparity gap in the Rochester, Minnesota area. The program works with community elders and religious leaders to communicate in a culturally appropriate way and facilitate discussion on health, provide information on accessing health insurance, promote immunizations and train partner organizations on cultural competencies for serving East African refugees.