Hidden Treasures: Non-Traditional Partners In Health 

The Mid-Atlantic Region Health Equity Council invites you to join us as we celebrate National Minority Health Month (NMHM17) this April. The theme for NMHM17 is “Bridging Health Equity Across Communities”. Health equity is defined as the attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Reaching this goal requires multi-sector/cross-sector, and public-private partnerships aimed at addressing health in all aspects of life. 

This NMHM 17, RHEC III would like to highlight the hidden treasures or non-traditional partners beyond the health care industry that are committed to making health a shared value. Hidden treasures can be found in the public and private sectors and include those in health, housing, education, employment and public safety sectors that understand the need to address all aspects of life in order to see positive change in community well-being and health outcomes. By making health a shared value and addressing the determinants of health, they bring us closer to health equity. 



Organization: STEM UP Delaware! - Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Office of Health Equity and Inclusion
Description: Provides financial assistance to students in need, with the goal of developing a pipeline of underrepresented youth in healthcare.
Services provided:
  1. Federal Pell Grant: The Pell Grant is a federal program open to qualified undergraduate students who demonstrate a financial need. 
  2. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG): Funds for the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant are allocated to individual colleges and universities for administration and disbursement. These funds are awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. 
To apply for federal grants, file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov 
Website: https://www.dtcc.edu/admissions-financial-aid/financial-aid-scholarships/types-aid/federal-grants

Health and Health Services

Organization: Delaware 211
Description: Delaware 2-1-1 provides one central resource for access to the health and human service organizations that offer the support to make a difference. Services provided: Employment; Job Training; Family Issues; Volunteer Opportunities; Financial Assistance; Social Services; Public Assistance; Mental Health Counseling; Emergency Housing; Food; Transportation; Healthcare; Dental Services; Senior Services; Clothing; Affordable Housing; Education; Legal Services and Crisis Preparedness.
Website: http://www.delaware211.org/

Organization: Delaware Health Tracker (sponsored by Delaware Healthcare Association)
Description: Delaware Health Tracker brings non-biased data, local resources, and a wealth of information to one, accessible, user-friendly location. It can help hospitals, community members, and policy-makers learn about the health and well-being of Delaware communities, and can give our communities the tools they need to read and understand public health issues affecting the quality of life in Delaware. The tools can also help communities set goals and evaluate progress. Delaware Health Tracker data is updated whenever source data is updated – this lessens the likelihood of using outdated data where possible.
Website: http://www.delawarehealthtracker.com/index.php?module=Indicators&controller=index

District of Columbia

Built Environment

Organization: AARP Livable Communities
Description: A repository of information and resources to help local officials, policy makers and citizen activists make their communities great places for people of all ages. The site consolidates relevant information from a wide range of sources about age-friendly communities and people age 50-plus. An online resource of this kind did not exist before and was something that stakeholders had identified as a need in the field.
Website: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/

Health and Health Services

Organization: Black Women’s Health Initiative
Description: Works to tackle health issues that affect African American women through education and advocacy with programs like CYL^2 helps to make lifestyle changes which will help to reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes and PrEP which helps to reduce HIV infections amongst African American women.
Website: http://www.bwhi.org/what/what-we-do/

Organization: Get Checked 4 Life
Description: A nonprofit dedicated at helping communities and ethnic groups that are underserved by the medical community for the sake of helping with prevailing issues in these communities like HIV, diabetes, and other afflictions through community education and screenings.
Website: http://www.getchecked4life.com/main/?p=92


Food and Nutrition

Organization: The Maryland Food Bank
Description: The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, serving as the leading anti-hunger organization in the movement to end hunger in Maryland. For more than 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need. Through carefully crafted programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long-term ways to reduce hunger statewide.
Website: https://www.mdfoodbank.org


Organization: Northwood Appold Community Academy (NACA)
Description: NACA is open to all Baltimore city's K-12 children. NACA demonstrates the said commitment by serving the full spectrum of students and families -- from those possessing the lowest through the highest incomes. We know that at every economic level, there are students (and parents) able, primed, and eager to achieve at high levels; and NACA is attracting and working with those people.
Website: http://www.nacacad.org/


Built Environment

Organization: WalkWorks
Description: To increase opportunities for physical activity, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has partnered with the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Center for Public Health Practice to create a network of fun, fact-filled, community-based walking routes and walking groups.
Website: http://www.health.pa.gov/WalkWorks/Pages/default.aspx#.WNv-NKPD-po

Crime and Public Safety

Organization: Pennsylvania Drug Take-Back Box Program/The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP)/ The Pennsylvania Department of Health
Description: The Department has spearheaded a greatly-expanded prescription drug take-back box program. Many young people who abuse prescription drugs are stealing them from medicine cabinets. Keeping unused opioids or other common drugs of abuse in a medicine cabinet is no longer safe or responsible.
Website: http://www.ddap.pa.gov/overdose/Pages/Department%20Focus%20on%20Addressing%20Overdose.aspx

Organization: Warm Hand Off Program/The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP)/ The Pennsylvania Department of Health
Description: The Department is implementing a warm hand-off process to help overdose survivors who appear in emergency departments (ED) to receive counseling and a doctor’s referral to be transferred directly from the ED to a drug treatment facility.
Website: http://www.ddap.pa.gov/overdose/Pages/Department%20Focus%20on%20Addressing%20Overdose.aspx

Food and Nutrition

Organization: Pennsylvania Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HCSI)/ The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP)/ The Pennsylvania Department of HealthThe Pennsylvania Department of Health
Description: The Pennsylvania Department of Health is committed to increasing access to healthy food and beverage options, and partnering with retailers on the Pennsylvania Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HCSI). This initiative connects store owners with resources to increase availability of healthy foods in corner stores, and offer consumers fresher, nutritious food options. Currently, more than 50 corner stores are participating in HSCI.
Website: http://www.health.pa.gov/My%20Health/Diseases%20and%20Conditions/M-P/Nutrition/Pages/healthy-corner-store-initiative0914-8594.aspx#.WNwK06PD-po


Organization: Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program (SAP)/ The PA Department of Education’s Division of Student and Safe School Services in partnership with the PA Department of Health’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the PA Department of Human Services’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Description: Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program (SAP) is designed to assist school personnel in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success. The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) is to help students overcome these barriers in order that they may achieve, remain in school and advance.
Website: http://www.dhs.pa.gov/provider/studentassistanceprogram/index.htm


Organization: Rapid Reemployment Program
Description: The Rapid Reemployment Program is at the base of Pennsylvania’s strategy for improving the quality and quantity of reemployment services for UC claimants. The program looks at the entire continuum of services for UC claimants, from their first awareness of an impending layoff, through their initial UC claim, reemployment services and eventual return to work. Research has shown that a combination of early intervention, intensive work search, and staff-assisted job search assistance helped the transition of workers into new jobs quicker.
Website: http://www.dli.pa.gov/Individuals/careers/Pages/Pennsylvania-Rapid-Reemployment-Program-(RRP).aspx

Health and Health Services

Organization: APPRISE/ The Pennsylvania Department of Aging
Description: Pennsylvania offers a free health insurance counseling program (APPRISE) designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained staff and volunteers who can answer your questions about Medicare and provide you with objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance.
Website: http://www.aging.pa.gov/aging-services/insurance/Pages/default.aspx

Organization: Black Women's Health Alliance
Description: Hosts different programs that work to target health disparities affecting young African American women in the areas of teen pregnancy, self-esteem, teen dating violence, basic health "awareness, gambling awareness, and cardiovascular health”.
Website: https://www.pbwha.org/safe-dates-registration & https://www.pbwha.org/services3)

Organization: Educating Teens about HIV/AIDS Inc.
Description: Provides teens with sexual health education in the areas of HIV/AIDS and other STIs through the use of different programs including awareness days where experts are brought in to educate young teens on methods to protect themselves. A Youth Peer Advocate program where student are encouraged to take leadership roles and involve other students in developing HIV/AIDS programs at their schools.
Website: http://www.educatingteens.org/programs.html

Organization: Oral Health Impact Project (OHIP)
Description: Oral Health Impact Project- Aims to tackle issues of oral health that affect children of low income families by providing in-school dental care through a comprehensive network of dental care specialists. OHIP eliminates these “roadblocks” by providing in-school dental services and without waiting for an appointment.
Services provided: Board-certified “kid-friendly” dentists create a welcoming environment for children by setting up portable dental centers within your school walls.
Website: https://dentrustocs.com/ohip/mobile-health-care

Organization: PACE/ The Pennsylvania Department of Aging
Description: Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, PACE and PACENET, offer low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older.
Website: http://www.aging.pa.gov/aging-services/prescriptions/Pages/default.aspx


Organization: Children's Home of York
Description: Provides social services aimed at helping children of all ages in areas of foster care and adoption but also in areas of mental health services for the youth and health education for those involved in many areas including HIV/AIDS prevention, pregnancy prevention, and LGBTQ issues.
Website: http://childrenshomeofyork.org/evaluation-and-prevention-services/prep-program

Organization: Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program/ The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Description: Tax credit program to encourage businesses to invest in projects which improve distressed areas. A project must serve distressed areas or support neighborhood conservation. Projects must fall under one of the following categories: affordable housing programs, community services, crime prevention, education, job training or neighborhood assistance.
Website: http://dced.pa.gov/programs/neighborhood-assistance-program-nap/

Organization: PA Safe and Healthy Homes Program/ The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Description: The Pennsylvania Safe and Healthy Homes Program (SHHP) seeks to provide education and interventions to promote healthy homes and prevent problems and injuries.
Website: http://www.health.pa.gov/My%20Health/Infant%20and%20Childrens%20Health/Lead%20Poisoning%20Prevention%20and%20Control/Pages/Safe-and-Healthy-Homes-Program.aspx#.WNwKqKPD-po

Organization: Weatherization Assistance Program/ The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Description: The Weatherization Assistance Program empowers community organizations to help recipients make their homes more energy efficient.
Website: http://dced.pa.gov/housing-and-development/weatherization/

Natural Environment

Organization: Think Outside Initiative/ The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Description: The Think Outside program is designed to expand the learning landscape by inviting colleges and universities to provide opportunities for place-based, hands-on educational experiences in the commonwealth’s 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of state forests.
Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/news/DCNR_20032768.pdf


Organization: Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)/ The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Description: The TAP provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes to school projects.
Website: http://www.penndot.gov/ProjectAndPrograms/Planning/Pages/Transportation-Alternatives-Program.aspx

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