The discussion of health equity is becoming a common conversation in the Near Northside Community. Community partners understand the importance of what it means to be healthy and how an unhealthy environment can impact lives.
Avenue and LISC co-hosted a five hour Health Summit at Leonel Castillo Community Center. The Summit was a way to create a space that would connect residents and community-based organizations around current and future projects happening in the community to improve health. During the Summit a review of health initiatives currently happening in the Near Northside were presented, along with a State of the Near Northside presentation that highlighted important data around health, education, income, and safety in the community.
A major theme of the Summit was “what does health mean?” It is important for us to understand that health does not refer to only physical health but also includes:
• mental health
• financial health
• educational development
• secure and safe housing
• clean air and water
• access to healthy and fresh food
• safe spaces to run, walk and play
• and many other factors!
Air pollution, lead paint in homes, or feeling unsafe walking in the community has long lasting impacts on our lives and our communities. By working collaboratively with schools, churches, community partners, local businesses and government, we can come up with creative solutions to the issues we care about and improve health outcomes for everyone in our community.