Healthy lives start with healthy communities
When our neighbors are healthy and have access to the care, programs and resources they need to be well, we all win. At Spectrum Health, we are committed to ensuring that everyone – no matter their age, race or zip code, has the support they need to live their best life.
Healthier Communities does just that. Our team of dedicated and passionate community health workers, nurses, doctors and leaders “stand in the gap” to meet people wherever they may be to get them the answers, services and support they need.
Learn more about our programs that are:
- Ensuring Black and Latino mothers and babies have every opportunity for a healthy start
- Keeping kids in school and fostering participation and engagement in class
- Connecting our non-English speaking neighbors with whatever programs and support they need
- Making sure every community has the fundamental rights that support good health – quality education, affordable housing, safe parks and so much more
- Investing in community programs and partnerships that deliver the support, education and services our neighbors need
- Empowering, educating and advocating for patients with chronic diseases so that they have the confidence to find their own voice with their providers
Connecting everyone to a healthier life
Community health workers advocate for and support mothers however they need it – whether it’s navigating Medicaid enrollment, finding transportation for doctor’s visits or offering breastfeeding and nutrition support. While the infant mortality rate for Black babies remains too high, these efforts are slowly helping close that gap. The most recent data shows Kent County’s infant mortality rate for Black babies has dropped to 9.7 - still higher than 4.4 for white babies. Our efforts won’t stop until it’s a strong beginning for every mother and every baby. Click here to learn more.
When Covid-19 ravaged the communities they serve, they jumped into action doing outreach and collaborating with community partners to provide access to food, masks, hand sanitizers and educational material. Their Community Health Workers often became their participants safety net when their resources were pulled out from under them. Care Managers proactively did Covid assessments and facilitated scheduling of testing and direct follow up, removing many barriers to care.
Whether in a pandemic or not, More Life Mas Vida advocates for equitable access to healthcare within Spectrum Health and with community partners because health outcomes shouldn’t depend on zip code, language, culture or background. Learn more here.
As a single mom of two, Lyric Green faced a staggering amount of uncertainty. She found her path forward by connecting with mentors and newfound friends.
With COVID-19 concerns swirling, Spectrum Health Healthier Communities' no-contact supply delivery program helps families in need.