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Emory University, Wayfield Foods and Healing Community Center Win Prize To Help Combat Diet-Related Disease.
A cross-functional, intra-organizational team made up of Emory University, Wayfield Foods and Healing Community Center was one of nine recipients who recently received a $25,000 grant from General Electric to collaboratively fight obesity, diabetes and other diet-related disease. This collaborative team, which includes Wayfield Foods, the Healing Community Center, the Office of the President of Emory, Emory Continuing Education, the Emory Urban Health Initiative, the Goizueta Business School and The Rollins School of Public Health, has taken on the name, “Southwest Atlanta Coalition for Healthy Living.” The prize will be used to create a program to engage members of the community in healthy eating and provide information and assistance in food preparation and preventative care.
The Southwest Atlanta Coalition for Healthy Living aims to improve health outcomes by linking services at Healing Community Center, founded by Emory/Grady physician Charles Moore, with nutrition and healthy eating programs at the Wayfield Foods located on Martin Luther King, Jr Drive. The coalition will train Wayfield employees to become Health Ambassadors by educating them on healthy eating and food preparation. The Healing Community Center will provide nutrition prescriptions for healthy foods to their HEAL patients. GE’s commitment to the effort includes mentorship and additional training for teams as they develop plans and execution.
At Wayfield, the Health Ambassadors will assist shoppers with making healthier food purchases, link them with other in-store programs and provide information on services at the Healing Community Center. HEAL patients will work with Wayfield Foods Health Ambassadors to fill their nutrition prescriptions and engage in in-store nutrition, health and cooking activities. Representatives from Emory will support the process through marketing, food labeling, training Health Ambassadors and monitoring and evaluating the program.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to build upon the work that we have started collectively in our community,” Moore said. “We have identified some of the pressing issues that we face and together we have developed a plan to address those issues.”
“This pilot project creates a continuum of care that reaches from the clinic into the community and back again,” added Amy Webb Girard, an assistant professor at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. “Engaging the community in healthy decision- making won’t stop when they leave the clinic. In creating a supportive environment within the community, we aim to make the healthier option the easier option.”
The focus area in Southwest Atlanta is one of the city’s most under-resourced. These neighborhoods, and others like them, have shortages of quality healthcare and resources to make healthy dietary decisions. More than half of the community’s population lives below the poverty line with 98 percent of its children qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Working in concert, the coalition will provide a holistic approach to educate and serve the area at the grocery store and health clinic — contextual centers for quality life change.
“Through this innovative program, we will be able to provide additional assistance to community members and patients in making healthy choices by reaching beyond the medical care setting to provide continuous support in their communities and in their day to day lives,” Moore said.
“GE is committed to enabling better health for more people through supporting the development and deployment of innovative population health strategies,” said Sue Siegel, CEO, GE Ventures. “Improving the health of a community is a complex effort that requires collaboration from many stakeholders. Each of the nine winning proposals brings in local businesses to help governments, foundations and private organizations more effectively develop and implement community health initiatives that truly make a lasting impact.”
The coalition expects to launch the program at Wayfield and HEALing Community Center in early 2017 and will be competing for an additional $250,000 in funding from GE next year.