When diagnosed with a chronic condition or illness, 70% of people turn to their physician for more information, and 60% turn to their friends and families for support. Additionally, more and more people are turning to peers to get insights from those with similar lived experiences. What if this kind of peer advice and guidance was a formal, integrated part of care plans for more conditions, as it has become for substance use and mental health?
Saying your community embraces equity is one thing, but what is equity strategy in action? In Northeast Indianapolis, working with local businesses to build a manufacturing facility that provides jobs and educational opportunities is just the start. Equity becomes a part of the picture when that company works with the community to build a grocery store next door, when there hasn’t been one in miles.
Food banks and food pantries have faced increasing demand for food to help support the whole health of individuals and communities. At the same time, many food banks are finding innovative ways to make the experience of visiting the community food pantry more convenient, equitable, and enjoyable — and improve the nutritional value of the food they provide.