Residents of the Peoplestown and Pittsburgh neighborhoods in Atlanta came together with Emory HERCULES in September 2017 to share their health concerns, learn about the exposome, and identify a health priority. As a result, a group of residents committed to working together to address affordable healthcare access in their community.
Residents who came together in Phase 1, now the Peoplestown & Pittsburgh Accessible and Affordable Healthcare Team, received $1000 to identify strategies to address the issue of lack of access to medical and mental healthcare.
Phase 3: Action Grant
To put their plan into action, the Peoplestown & Pittsburgh Accessible and Affordable Healthcare Team was awarded a $2500 Action Grant in May 2018.
Project Title: Empowering Pittsburgh/Peoplestown Residents’ Capacity to Access Affordable Healthcare (medical and mental health) Through Developing A Planning and Action Strategy
Mission: Working together as a team for accessible and affordable healthcare for Residents of Pittsburgh/Peoplestown Community.
- Research and gather information and materials about available health resources and assets in the communities.
- Educate public officials about community health care needs and gaps.
Phase 4: Sustainability Grant
To sustain their efforts, the Peoplestown & Pittsburgh Accessible and Affordable Healthcare Team was awarded a $2500 Sustainability Grant in May 2019.
Project Title: Peoplestown and Pittsburgh Neighborhood Community Access to Affordable Healthcare
Project and Organizational Capacity Goals:
This is a community driven initiative aimed at empowering Pittsburgh and Peoplestown residents and building capacity to have access to affordable healthcare (medical and mental care) through the sustainability of our action strategy. Our goals to sustain project activities and create the anticipated outcomes are to:
- Increase members of the core team and share responsibility equitably to ensure completion of assigned tasks;
- Identify strategic partners to collaborate with such as Morehouse School of Medicine and Chris 180;
- Improve the previously developed Resource Guide and make it more accessible to people that need it the most; and
- Help residents connect the dots between the their physical/mental health and the exposome/environmental health in their pursuit of accessible and affordable health care.