HealthyCities Leadership Academy: Introducing the Winners

Today, we are excited to announce the nine communities selected to participate in the HealthyCities Leadership Academy. The program is part of GE’s healthymagination commitment and continued efforts to tackle population health challenges by enabling leaders to more effectively develop and implement community health initiatives in their communities.The year-long program kicks off today with a two-day, in-person workshop at GE’s Global Leadership Institute in Crotonville, New York, and will provide the selected communities with initial funding of $25,000 while offering continued mentorship to help develop and implement community health initiatives that make a lasting impact. At the conclusion of the program in 2017, the most successful communities will compete for additional funding from a total pool of $250,000.After a thorough evaluation by a panel of experts in the field of health, the nine winning communities selected to participate in the collaborative learning program include:Atlanta, Georgia – Health Promotion and Prevention of Nutrition-Related DiseaseWayfield Foods, the HEALing Community Center and Emory University will work to improve the diets, health and well-being of an Atlanta neighborhood through increased and integrated use of food and health literacy services.  The impact will be achieved by linking community-based healthy food assets, promoting healthy dietary behavior, and changing clinical care models to reinforce healthy behaviors to improve health.Burlington, Vermont – Substance Abuse Recovery and EmploymentThis proposal focuses on using local business partners to improve the lives and economic well-being of people in recovery, as well as improve economic outcomes for the county. Burlington Labs, a local drug testing company, and the local Chamber of Commerce, will host a series of discussions and planning sessions with human resource staff from across the county, to develop strategies and best practices to employ people who are in recovery.Camden, New Jersey – Reducing Childhood ObesityIn collaboration with Campbell Soup Company, this city will focus on measurably improving the health of young people in the Camden community by sharing best practices and developing a long-term sustainability plan.Charlotte, North Carolina – Development of Resources on Tobacco, Nutrition and ExerciseThe Charlotte Chamber’s Healthy Charlotte Council will leverage the exciting successes around programs focused on diabetes and bike lanes to develop, socialize and implement a toolkit for measurement of effective population health programs.  The toolkit will be launched at the Charlotte Chamber Annual Meeting in December of 2016.Goodyear, Arizona – Land Use PlanningThe community of Goodyear, Arizona is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.  In collaboration with John D Kuhn Ventures, Abrazo West Campus, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Adelante Healthcare and other partners, Goodyear intends to participate in the inception and design phase of the Goodyear Wellness Park.Hanover, New Hampshire – Innovations in Advance Care Planning for EmployersThis proposal will focus on building a model to support employers in their ability to assist their employees in making Advance Care Plans (ACP) for themselves and their families and build an overall employer strategy for ACP in non-clinical settings.Pasadena, Texas – Food SecurityIn collaboration with the Houston Food Bank, Harris County Public Health, Indoor Harvest Corporation, PeopleFund, the Pasadena Health Center (FQHC) and others, this proposal strives to produce and distribute local sources of produce in the north Pasadena community in Harris County.  Additionally, this proposal seeks to increase consumption of these healthy foods by implementing “food prescriptions” to people in need and develop a need-based Food Scholarship Program which will provide free food at a Houston Food Bank partner agency, called a “Scholarship Pantry.”Miami, Florida – Diabetes Assessment and TreatmentIn collaboration with West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Healthy West Kendall and LifeWallet, a corporate partner, this proposal aims to enhance the role of the Healthy Hub, a free, one stop screening and referral-to-care kiosk.  The Hub uses the American Health Association’s Life’s Simple 7 assessment to generate a health score using biometric information gathered by a nurse. Currently, many of the Hub visitors are at risk for diabetes and this proposal aims to intervene with those pre-diabetic patients to improve both their clinical and personal health outcomes.Toledo, Ohio – Improving the Built EnvironmentDuring this project, the Health Downtown Toledo Coalition will work to build on the efforts of the 22nd Century Committee Master Plan; which has developed a framework to maximize downtown Toledo’s current assets, foster business growth, and attract increased downtown residential living.  The Coalition will partner with ProMedica, Owens Corning, Fifth Third Bank, and community partners to drive population health improvements.  

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