Healthier Neighbors is a community driven health initiative within Northern West Palm Beach & Riviera Beach. As a part of Palm Healthcare Foundation's new community-driven initiative, Healthier Together is expected to make a significant improvements in the health and well-being of Palm Beach County residents.
Healthier Neighbors is 1 of 6 "Healthier" communities engaged in a 5-year place-based initiative. Each community selected from Palm Healthcare Foundation's three priority areas: Diabetes Prevention & Management, Behavioral Health, and Family Caregiving. The Healthier Neighbors community voted to focus on Behavioral Health.
Goals of the 5-year place-based initiative:
Healthier Neighbors works within the community, convening neighborhood leaders and residents, listening to their needs, and providing financial support and resources to help the neighborhood make positive and healthy changes.
To learn more about Healthier Together and how we are working together to solve complex issues in the neighborhoods of Jupiter, Delray Beach, The Glades, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, and Rivera Beach/Northern West Palm Beach, go to http://healthiertogetherpbc.org
Faith-based organizations have been and continue to be anchors within our communities. This has resulted in these organizations being seen as a valuable resource in addressing multiple needs for neighborhood residents. From church-led emergency food pantries to affordable housing, there has always been a valuable partnership between the community and the charitable work of faith-based organizations.
For far too many people, especially for those living in low-income communities and communities of color, access to healthy food is quite difficult. Finding quality, fresh food means either traveling significant distances or paying extremely high prices. These burdens are resulting in these very communities facing the highest risks of obesity, diabetes, and other preventable food-related health challenges.
While most people experience daily stress in their lives, traumatic stress impacts the way that people interact and cope within their families and communities.
Our newest area of focus, trains students to capture the voices of our community in an innovative way! The group includes students from the West Palm Beach Youth Empowerment, Inner City Innovators, and the Teen Outreach Program at the Max M. Fisher Boys & Girls Club of Riviera Beach.
Students are compensated to support the Healthier Neighbors initiative and are selected because of their outstanding leadership abilities!