The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently named the six winners of its inaugural RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize. Community Commons will highlight each community to demonstrate how data and innovative strategies can come together to improve community health.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans in 2005, but it also created an opportunity for the community to rebuild in a way that has improved the health of its citizens. Their ambitious goal to be one of the healthiest cities in the country by 2018 is well on the way to becoming a reality through programs like:
- The Fresh Food Retailer Initiative This programs brings grocery stores with a specified amount of fresh fruits and vegetables on their shelves to underserved communities. It also helped an African-American community anchor, Circle Food Store, reopen after heavy flood damage.
- Edible Schoolyard Demonstrates that gardens grow healthy foods. Vegetables are not just something you see in stores, but a part of New Orleans residents’ everyday lives—particularly for kids.
- New Orleans East Successes in the Katrina-ravaged New Orleans East community includes a new full-service hospital, a 24-hour urgent-care facility, new athletic fields and an indoor pool.
New Orleans Prize Video
Community Commons Data Can Inspire Action
New Orleans struggled with providing health care for low income residents before Hurricane Katrina. Since then, New Orleans has developed a system of 103 community-based health care access points for uninsured, underinsured and low-income patients, including 68 being primary care clinics.
The locations of these clinics, overlaid with percent of poverty data, shows how access to clinics in low income areas has improved and where more work needs to be done.
With Community Commons map tools, you can make multi-layer maps for states, counties, cities, or neighborhoods. Watch the map tutorial video then create your own map to tell a visual story and inspire action.