Community Health

Climate change is endangering the health of communities living near chemical facilities

Climate change poses a huge threat to the chemical industry, as many facilities are located in low‐lying coastal areas such as the U.S. Gulf Coast, and vulnerable to damage from hurricanes and flooding. These natural disasters are becoming more common with climate change.

Downsized City Sees Its Health Care Downsized as Hospital Awaits Demolition

HAMMOND, Ind. — In 1898, three nuns took a train to this city along the south shore of Lake Michigan to start a hospital. They converted an old farmhouse into a seven-bed medical center. They treated their first patient for a broken leg amid carpenters hammering nails. Surgeons laid their patients on a kitchen table …

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Trabajadores comunitarios de salud se están quedando sin fondos para ayudar a los más vulnerables

GRANITE CITY, Illinois.- Como trabajadora de salud comunitaria, Christina Scott, de 46 años, es experta en trámites burocráticos, una mano siempre disponible, un hombro para llorar y una red de seguridad personal, todo en una sola persona. Scott trabaja en una oficina a la sombra de la fábrica de acero que empleaba a su abuelo …

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Pandemic Funding Is Running Out for Community Health Workers

GRANITE CITY, Ill. — As a community health worker, 46-year-old Christina Scott is a professional red-tape cutter, hand-holder, shoulder to cry on, and personal safety net, all wrapped into one. She works in an office in the shadow of the steel mill that employed her grandfather in this shrinking city in the Greater St. Louis …

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Despite Seniors’ Strong Desire to Age in Place, the Village Model Remains a Boutique Option

Twenty years ago, a group of pioneering older adults in Boston created an innovative organization for people committed to aging in place: Beacon Hill Village, an all-in-one social club, volunteer collective, activity center, peer-to-peer support group, and network for various services. Its message of “we want to age our way in our homes and our …

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Beating the Pavement to Vaccinate the Underrepresented — And Protect Everyone

Leonor Garcia held her clipboard close to her chest and rapped on the car window with her knuckles. The driver was in one of dozens of cars lined up on a quiet stretch of road in Adelanto, California, a small city near the southwestern edge of the Mojave Desert. He was waiting for the food …

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Can Community Be a Medicine?

By ARAS TOKER Analysis on peer accountability focused community building efforts in making lifestyle changes through digital therapeutic programs Before we jump ahead to the medicine piece, what the heck does a community even mean? In the past, communities were more likely associated with a group of people living in the same physical location such as a …

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‘It’s About Love and Solidarity’: Mutual Aid Unites NYC Neighbors Facing COVID

NEW YORK CITY — Nancy Perez, a 45-year-old resident of the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, contracted COVID-19 in March. She stayed quarantined in her room for a month to isolate from her two sons and grandson. A few days before she got the virus, she’d met a volunteer with Bed-Stuy Strong — one of the …

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