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Total Health Driver – Livable Communities
Livable Communities are living environments that are safe, accessible, and inclusive.
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.
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.