Disclosure: The American Heart Association have sponsored this post.
Healthy and sustainable living in urban communities is a problem. Around 30% of Hispanic men and women have high blood pressure. Nearly 1 in 3 whites have high blood pressure. This can eventually lead to serious cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association is committed to getting these numbers down.
But it all starts at home within urban communities. That’s why the EmPOWERED to Serve summit in Washington DC from October 17th to October 18th at the Galludet University brought attention to this issue.
So just how did they bring attention to this important health issue?
Delivering Community Transformation
The point of this summit was to change communities. To bring the focus from treatment to prevention. It was to solve health problems caused by social issues.
At the same time, it was about going beyond the conventional. It was about going beyond the medical setting.
Through enlisting unconventional partners, more creative solutions were delivered. The EmPOWERED to Serve Urban Business Storytelling Competition launched to break down the barriers that prevent healthy sustainable living in urban areas across the nation.
How the Urban Business Storytelling Competition Made a Difference
The summit brought together ten finalists who managed to make it through the EmPOWERED to Serve Urban Business Storytelling Competition. They presented a series of innovative business solutions that would address the problem of a lack of healthy sustainable living within urban communities.
The winners gain an award of up to $15,000 to begin implementing their plans. So why are these plans so revolutionary for these communities?
They all deal with a number of key factors:
- Economic issues.
- Education within urban communities.
- Influences from society.
- Challenges from within individual neighborhoods.
- Availability and access to healthcare.
These five issues are widely recognized as the major issues that will ultimately reduce stroke statistics and lead to healthier communities.
Revolutionary Ideas within a Culture of Health
The culture of health created by the EmPOWERED to Serve summit led to a range of revolutionary ideas. And the winners are expected to accomplish great things in communities across the United States.
Let’s take a look at some of the winners that are bringing about the change urban communities so desperately need:
Nisha Sarveswaran – She has created small yet inexpensive devices to monitor indoor air pollution. They help families make the right decisions when it comes to breathing clean air and keeping out pollution.
Sharon Butler – Butler presented The Eat Away Hunger backpack program. Children in impoverished neighborhoods are provided with non-perishable foods that are both healthy and nutritious.
Sequoia Ross – Ross began the Tricycle Urban Agriculture program. It empowers those in urban environments to begin learning the business of urban agriculture.
Last Word – Normal People Making a Big Difference
Yes, the EmPOWERED to Serve summit is there to reduce the rate of heart disease. However, it also demonstrates the value of ordinary people just like you.
You don’t have to be from the medical profession or be rich to make a difference. You have the power to create change. You can not only serve your community but America.
The power to cut stroke is in your hands!
Were you aware of the EmPOWERED to Serve Summit? What are your thoughts?