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2016 ACHI National Conference Site Visits

Cross-sector Initiatives to Build a Healthier Baltimore

This site visit will highlight two initiatives to improve health in Baltimore:

The first stop on the tour will be a visit to the Belair Edison neighborhood, a low- to moderate-income neighborhood in Baltimore with significant health challenges. Belair Edison’s life expectancy of 70.9 years is driven by homicide (6.0 deaths per 10,000), heart disease (29.3 deaths per 10,000) and diabetes (4.0 deaths per 10,000). In Belair Edison, St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center has worked with multiple, diverse partners to build a holistic, participatory development strategy and improve community health. A walking tour of Belair Edison will highlight investments targeting the social determinants of health, including healthy housing, grocery stores, parks and recreation facilities. Highlights of the tour include fitness opportunities at Herring Run Park, Clifton Park and the Montebello Reservoir. Partners include Belair Edison Neighborhoods Inc. and NeighborWorks America.  
 
The second stop of the tour will feature Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors (HUBS), an aging-in-place initiative that connects low-income older adults to housing rehab and other services. This visit will include a discussion with local health and housing partners, including Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Civic Works, and Sinai Hospital.

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Bon Secours’ Hospital-Community Development Partnership to Improve Health in Baltimore

This interactive site visit will take you to West Baltimore, where Bon Secours Baltimore Health System and Enterprise Homes have engaged in a successful housing-centered community development partnership for nearly 25 years, producing more than $80 million in capital investment resulting in housing and related services for thousands of residents. But bricks and mortar are only part of the story. Bon Secours' housing development in the West Baltimore community that it serves has functioned as the launching pad for both Community Works, a comprehensive array of programs addressing the social determinants of health as well as Bon Secours’ expansion of primary and preventive care programs through the acquisition and development of a vacated community church.

As you visit the neighborhood where this work is taking place, speakers will cover the essentials of successful partnerships, importance of shared values, communication and relationship management among the partners, and the necessity of community engagement. This site visit will demonstrate a capacity-building model that has resulted in a health care organization growing to become a major player in the housing and community development field in Baltimore while increasing its ability to address community health and improve its relationship with the neighborhoods that it serves. The visit will also include a tour of the programs and services currently offered by Bon Secours Community Works at its Community Support Center.

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