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REACH Community Health Ambassadors Hold First Open House
The PRCHN’s work with the REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) initiative continues to grow. After training the first cohort of Community Health Ambassadors from East Cleveland and the Glenville and South Collinwood neighborhoods, the PRCHN’s Community Fellows are guiding the Ambassadors through the process of becoming active movers of change in their communities. On November 19, the Ambassadors held an Open House to set priorities, engage the wider community, and recruit more residents to join them as Health Ambassadors.

Held at New Hope Fellowship in East Cleveland, the Open House was a big success, with many new faces attending. In order to start setting priority areas, the Fellows prepared a series of posters depicting different aspects of a healthy neighborhood, based on topics that were frequently mentioned during the Ambassadors’ training. These topics included: Food Access, Environment, Chronic Disease Prevention, Physical Activity, Youth/Senior Programming, and Safer Communities. Residents were given three stickers (color coded by neighborhood) and asked to indicate what they see as the top three priority areas. Youth/Senior Programming received the most votes (15), followed closely by Food Access with 14 votes. Chronic Disease Prevention and Safer Communities were tied with nine votes each, followed by Physical Activity and Environment.

Using the mantra “Creating Greater Destinies,” the Community Health Ambassadors are working to form themselves into a genuine movement to improve health in their communities by increasing opportunities and strengthening community. PRCHN Community Fellows Erika Hood, Briana McIntosh, and Maleka Embry will continue to provide the group with guidance and training as the Ambassadors work to turn these priorities into action.

Be sure to check the PRCHN Connection and the PRCHN website for updates on the Community Health Ambassadors. You can also follow the Ambassadors on Twitter and Facebook.
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