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Where you live affects your health. Research shows that communities with smoke-free air laws, access to healthy foods, quality affordable housing, good schools and safe and convenient places to exercise are healthier than those that don’t. The economic, social and physical environments that surround us can have a much greater impact on our health than how often we access quality health care services. Greater emphasis must be, and is being placed on enabling neighborhoods to promote health.

Across the country and around the world, new kinds of partnerships are taking on an important role in improving community health. And right here in South Florida, Health Foundation targeted the improvement of community health indicators by allocating up to $7.5 million to support two Live Healthy Community Partnerships over a six-year period. After an extensive application process in 2014, the City of Miami Gardens and the neighborhood of Little Havana were selected for the Foundation’s Live Healthy Community Partnerships initiative. This initiative is part of the Foundation’s strategic and systemic effort to reduce poor health outcomes by engaging community residents to improve selected public health indicators.

Our Live Healthy Community partners are making great strides. To see what is happening in the City of Miami Gardens, visit www.livehealthymiamigardens.com  and for Little Havana check out www.livehealthylittlehavana.com.

For additional information on Live Healthy Community Partnerships, please contact Program Officer Lindsay Corrales, MPH at 305.455.0339 or lcorrales@hfsf.org