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National Health Foundation

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Web Site: http://nationalhealthfoundation.org/

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The National Health Foundation (NHF) is guided by a mission to improve the health of individuals and underserved communities by acting on the social determinants of health and bridging the gaps in the healthcare system. All people, regardless of who they are or where they live, can achieve their highest level of health. NHF works within communities to identify and advance solutions that remove barriers and promote health for all who live there.
Research has demonstrated that one of the clearest determinants of health –and health disparities– is where people live. A person’s physical environment, employment opportunities, community safety, and access healthcare providers, (and more) all impact health and are local in nature. The largest health disparities emerge in neighborhoods experiencing poverty and in communities of color. These social determinants can help or hinder a person’s ability to make healthy decisions. People are not homeless; they experience homelessness. People suffering from diabetes may understand what they should be eating, but it does not matter if they cannot purchase fresh produce in their own neighborhood. Physical fitness might be a top priority for everyone, but crime and unlit parks might prevent that from happening. Health starts where people live, learn, work and play.

NHF is committed to addressing the root causes of health disparities by working hand in hand with communities. We empower teens and adults to advocate for their health and identify needed changes in their neighborhoods. Then we help develop and support the community’s vision of health by cultivating partnerships to deliver programs and services that are empathetic and inclusive. We observe, measure and learn, and repeat as needed.
Because health begins long before that visit to the doctor. It begins where we live, learn, work and play.
On any given night, there are 46,000 Angelinos without a home. Of those, more than 29,000 have severe health issues requiring some level of care. Without a home, these individuals experience insurmountable barriers to health and healing.
In the 6 square miles that make up Historic South-Central Los Angeles, there are no gyms and there is only 0.4 acres of park space for the 103,000 people who call the area home. Liquor stores outnumber grocery stores and there are no farmer’s markets. Without opportunities for safe outdoor play and places to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, this community will continue to experience higher than average rates of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
High school can be a trying time, but for students who are pregnant, parenting, or at risk of becoming pregnant, the challenges are far greater. The impact of pregnancy on health is compounded in communities where poverty and a lack of maternal care are common.
If NHF accomplished its mission, everyone in Southern California would have the opportunity to experience health and would live in a community that supports a healthy lifestyle. That would include a home for every person, access to fresh, healthy foods, opportunities for safe, outdoor physical fitness, and so much more. We have already seen communities take great strides in tackling their negative social determinants, but really, we have only scratched the surface of these issues.
National Health Foundation is addressing the social determinants of health using a number of research-proven strategies. We are targeting Food Access, with an emphasis on increasing the availability of health and fresh foods in under-resourced communities, Housing, with a focus on providing shelter and care for individuals who have been released from the hospital, the Built Environment, prioritizing the removal of the barriers to health in the Historic South Los Angeles community, and Education, with a focus on risk prevention and support for pregnant and parenting teens to complete their education.

For further details on the programs, please visit our site at: http://nationalhealthfoundation.org/

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Director of Marketing and Communications National Health Foundation Los Angeles, CA 09.07.2017
Director of Marketing and Communications NHF recently underwent a re-branding and is looking to increase awareness...