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Total Health Driver – Stable Income
Stable Income generates housing stability, financial security, and low poverty rates, all important predictors of physical and mental health.
HealthPartners started the Better Shelf for Better Health program in 2013 to transform the food shelf system in a comprehensive and client-centered way to create a better food shelf, better nutrition and better health. While food shelves have traditionally focused on surplus and commodity foods to provide adequate calories, they are uniquely positioned to collaborate with others to support better food choices for food-insecure populations.
Kaiser Permanente understands that addressing the social and behavioral needs of members is critical to the organization’s mission of improving the health of its members and the communities it serves. In order to meet the social and behavioral needs of members, new systems and partnerships are needed. The collaboration between Kaiser Permanente and Hunger Free Colorado illustrates a clinic and community partnership, which has resulted in improved food security for Coloradans.
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.