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Total Health Driver – Health Literacy
Health Literacy refers to a person’s ability to process and understand basic health information so that they can make informed choices regarding their health and health care.
CDPHP collaborated with the YMCA and Hannaford Supermarkets to create the Healthy Living Center, facility inside a major supermarket that offers a variety of services, including exercise equipment and classes, nutrition counseling, senior health, medication safety and disease management, as well as health insurance support.
Working with nurses affiliated with SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison along with several chaplains, common social determinants of health such as inadequate housing and limited access to food are being addressed in the Triangle Neighborhood community. In addition, partnering with Second Harvest, SSM Health and Dean Health Plan volunteers run the mobile food pantry that serves more than 100 people in an hour.
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.
HealthPartners had a goal to create a sustainable model of care management that transcends the unique social and cultural-specific needs of the Medicaid population. In 2015 HealthPartners launched a pilot program to assess the impact of the community health worker in collaboration with the HealthPartners Midway Clinic and Center for International Health and CommonBond Communities.
Independent Health created the Good for the Neighborhood program to offer pop-up sites for people in high-need neighborhoods to address their health needs in one convenient location.
Kaiser Permanente funded and founded the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign, a national effort to help local communities develop policies that increase open space acreage; increase access to healthy food; develop compact, mixed use and transit oriented communities; and increase walking and biking.
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.
Security Health Plan created an initiative using What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick, a book that gives new parents health information on caring for their children, what to do in specific situations and when to seek care from a health care provider.
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.
UCare partnered with the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation to launch the Twin Cities Mobile Market initiative. This “grocery store on wheels” sells healthy foods at below-market prices in low-income neighborhoods considered food deserts. More than 275,000 low-income residents of Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods who do not have access to grocery stores that sell fresh, healthy foods, can now benefit from this mobile market.
UCare partners with The Loppet Foundation, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Minneapolis Public Schools and other community sponsors to offer a cross-country ski program for many immigrant schoolchildren in their communities. The program also provides an educational nutrition curriculum to help establish healthy behaviors in program participants and their families.
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.