Across the nation, low-income students and families often struggle with community barriers to wellness. Many disadvantaged communities are wrestling with reliable access to affordable fresh food and safe physical activity.
Successful initiatives that reach across sectors to increase access to health, build demand for healthy choices, and promote healthy behaviors, are being replicated to broaden their impact. Health care is being redefined to promote wellness in a wide array of settings, and to employ strategies that support wellness instead of treating disease. Our team is a hands-on group. Because we have to be on the ground in communities where work is happening to make progress. To change social norms. To help children and their families live healthier lives.
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The work of our partners translates beyond the walls of institutions to create models of health from the lab bench to the patient bedside to healthier, engaged communities.
In Austin, as in most large urban areas, the zip code where one lives has a major impact on one’s health and life expectancy. Many factors contribute to such disparity, including poverty, access to healthy food and physical activity opportunities, education, rates of crime and violence, and existence (or lack thereof) of essential community infrastructure such as housing, and access to health care services.
We believe that Austin will be the beneficiary of health innovations that will come from a variety of partners – some steeped in experience and bringing the best they’ve seen to Central Texas, and some with new and refreshing perspectives. The work of our partners translates beyond the walls of institutions to create models of health from the lab bench to the patient bedside to healthier, engaged communities. We are excited by the promise of a community no longer focused on treating illness, but promoting wellness.