Health Equity Creating a Healthier Philadelphia

Creating a Healthier Philadelphia

We are working to build trust in our communities by partnering with community leaders and advocates — as well as experts in healthcare, housing, finance and workforce development — to tackle the health disparities that plague Philadelphia.
Creating a Healthier Philadelphia

Understanding the obstacles to good health

Where you live in the city can determine how long you live. In fact, life expectancy can vary by 10 to 20 years from one neighborhood to the next. In some of Philadelphia’s poorest neighborhoods, inadequate unaffordable housing, food insecurity and lack of exposure to green space all contribute to poor health, infant mortality, and adverse effects on psychological well-being. 

This is compounded by increased rates of addiction, unemployment and trauma. Additionally, barriers such as language and lack of health insurance prevent people from access to preventative and comprehensive care. Together we can close the gap on health disparities for all Philadelphians.

HEALTH FACT:

Access to healthy food is associated with better eating habits and decreased risk for obesity and diet-related diseases.

Where you live in the city can determine how long you live. In fact, life expectancy can vary by 10 to 20 years from one neighborhood to the next. In some of Philadelphia’s poorest neighborhoods, inadequate affordable housing, food insecurity and lack of exposure to green space all contribute to poor health, infant mortality and adverse effects on psychological well-being.

HEALTH FACT:

Access to healthy food is associated with better eating habits and decreased risk for obesity and diet-related diseases.

This is compounded by increased rates of addiction, unemployment and trauma. Additionally, barriers such as language and lack of health insurance prevent people from access to preventative and comprehensive care. Together we can close the gap on health disparities for all Philadelphians.

We can make a difference by focusing on these key areas:

We can make a difference by focusing on these key areas:

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Access to Care

Creating health care clinics for specific populations to ensure language is not a barrier to care for estimated 15% of Philadelphia residents who were born outside of the United States.

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Housing

Improving the conditions of available housing, and addressing the triggers that contribute to homelessness, such as behavioral and mental health and substance abuse.

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Parks & Rec

Working with residents and community-based organizations to provide every neighborhood with access to a healthy outdoor environment.

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Food Access

Improving resources for food insecure neighborhoods to help the many Philadelphia families who regularly experience hunger.

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Employment

Partnering with workforce development agencies to help more residents gain employment in healthcare and academia.

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Community

Listening and engaging with community members to help them build healthier, more successful lives.

Get Involved

Together, we can create a healthier Philadelphia