2018 Momentum For Change Report

November 4, 2018

The Health Collaborative has released its 2018 Momentum for Change Report. 

"Four years ago, The Health Collaborative was established to address the high rates of obesity, chronic diseases, lack of equitable access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities, and poverty experienced by residents of the Dan River Region. Knowing that a healthy population is key to our region’s social, economic and physical vitality, our approach to building a healthier community is founded on a broad definition of health that goes beyond the absence of disease and illness. Research has shown that health is more than what happens at the doctor’s office and is influenced by more than just our individual health behaviors. In fact, fifty percent of the factors that influence health outcomes are related to socio-economic and built environment indicators. To address these factors, The Health Collaborative takes and integrated approach complementing the existing programs of our partners with policy, systems and environmental changes to ensure long-term sustainable impacts. With five main goal areas—active living, healthy eating, access to healthcare, healthy spaces and leadership and capacity building, we are committed to creating communities where current and future residents have access to opportunities to live healthy" (Read More).