Healthy babies start with healthy pregnancies. The United States has a robust healthcare infrastructure, spending more per capita on healthcare than any other nation, but U.S. maternal health in this country has lagged behind that of other countries in the developed world. Why? There’s no single reason, said Dr. Tiffany Inglis, medical director of clinical programming and population health for Elevance Health. Instead, a variety of issues and barriers to access have converged to create a challenging landscape for those who are expecting babies as well as maternity care providers in this country.
How Feeding America is connecting food banks and healthcare providers to ensure that people experiencing hunger have access to nutritious food they want and need to manage chronic conditions and improve their whole health.
Creating healthy communities requires addressing the holistic needs of residents —including their access to medical care, nutritious food, stable jobs, affordable and accessible housing, good air quality, and safe neighborhoods. The most effective efforts also involve members of the community in developing the vision and driving solutions.