Mayor Holden's Healthy BR Initiative wins national AHA award
BATON ROUGE -The American Hospital Association announced Tuesday that Mayor-President Kip Holden's Healthy BR Initiative is one of five programs nationwide to receive the NOVA award for improving community health.
"This award is really honoring a collaborative effort, and shows what can be accomplished when health-care providers put aside their differences and join forces to work together for the common good of the community," Mayor Holden said.
The Healthy BR coalition includes more than 70 partner organizations from local government, community organizations, faith-based groups, schools, businesses and health care providers, including the area's five acute care hospitals.
According to a release Tuesday, these partner organizations conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment of the Baton Rouge area highlighting the need to focus on obesity, HIV and AIDS, mental and behavioral health and emergency department overuse.
The Mayor's office said Baton Rouge is the first community nationally to follow up a joint Community Health Needs Assessment with a common Implementation Plan including all major area hospitals.
Healthy BR launched programs including farmers' markets and a healthy corner store initiative, cooking classes, school-based and community education, HIV testing, education and public policy advances, patient navigation programs and transportation programs.
Healthy BR partners recently held the second annual Family Fit Day at City-Brook Park that spotlighted fitness activities such as the Mayor's Annual Bike Ride and a 5K run to help combat obesity.