October 19, 2017
The American Heart Association hosts inaugural summit on social determinants of health; addresses barriers and solutions to healthy living and wellbeing in urban communities
According to the Association, individual behaviors aren't the only factors that affect health. Community environments play a determining role in health outcomes. People living just five miles apart can have a difference in life expectancy of more than 20 years. That's why the Association will collaborate with a variety of organizations to create solutions to our communities' most complex social issues through collective impact.
Additionally, as a part of the summit, 10 finalists in the American Heart Association's EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Business Storytelling Competition, which sought innovative solutions to remove barriers to health and wellbeing, presented innovative, urban business solutions to a judging panel. Three winners were selected to receive financial awards ranging from $10,000 to $30,000:
The competition winners will now have an opportunity to implement their business solution in their selected community, partnering with local American Heart Association offices for assistance.
"The EmPOWERED To Serve Summit and Urban Business Storytelling Competition are opportunities for companies, organizations and individuals to help influence and drive community change," said Rhonda Ford Chatmon, American Heart Association vice president of Health Initiatives, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, which hosted the two-day event. "This event was designed to bring people together to identify solutions. When we focus and each bring our own talents and ideas to the table, we can truly make a difference. We assembled leaders this week to strengthen their alliance with the AHA, transferring what we discussed into meaningful action for the communities we are serving. Putting our thoughts and words into practice will ultimately deliver a sustainable culture of health and wellbeing."
For additional information about EmPOWERED To Serve and to learn more about the competition winners, visit empoweredtoserve.org.
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