I was recently a guest on the Unlocking Accountable Care Podcast to discuss community efforts to improve health and H.R. 660 The Community Health Improvement and Leadership Development Act of 2019 – 2020. You can listen to the podcast here.
Thanks to the folks at Day Health Strategies for providing me with this opportunity.
A few months ago, I attended a community health annual event associated with one of the many initiatives started by a large organization to bring together groups and begin implementing programs to improve the health of the community.
At this particular event after a couple of years of meetings and work, there were a number of presentations by the organization, community groups, the local government and a review of work done to date. It was a Kumbaya moment. Near the end of the day when people were asking questions, a gentleman next to me stood up, he worked in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city and oversaw a local effort in that community.
He said and I’m paraphrasing.
I look at our community and see it has the exact same issues today we had 50 years ago. Nothing has changed, nothing has been done and we look just the same. You tell us to exercise but we have no sidewalks, no parks, the nearest gym is 3 miles away, we have no transportation, no access to healthy foods…
and well you know the rest of the issues he raised. He was clearly frustrated and has every right to be.
At that point a young woman stood up, Continue reading