Community Feedback Makes Savannah Healthier for All

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - March 26, 2021 - PRLog -- Healthy Savannah and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia have changed health equity benchmarks for the better in just 2 1/2 years — and have plans for more progress in the next 2 1/2 years. In September 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded a five-year Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant to the YMCA of Coastal Georgia in partnership with Healthy Savannah. The agencies launched a public-private partnership to make Savannah a healthier place, specifically by striving to reduce health disparities among African-American and Hispanic/Latino Americans in low-wealth communities across Savannah and Chatham County through long-term solutions vs. short-term fixes.

In March 2021, the grant period reached its midway point. An assessment of three central focus areas of nutrition, physical activity and community-clinical linkages revealed that the work and its processes are changing systems and helping reduce disparities.

"We conducted a community survey throughout 2020 at community events to find out more about what residents want and need to live healthy," said Paula Kreissler, executive director of Healthy Savannah. We received feedback from more than 300 community members. The direct feedback from the survey, as well as informal comments and suggestions collected at community events, helped evaluate the success of efforts so far, and pinpoint opportunities for improvement."

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