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Advocacy

Whether through time, talent or financial contributions, we are proud to support our communities. We listen to our residents and provide them with the specific help that they need – when they need it.

We work to ensure that you're a part of the discussions that affect your health through a variety of education and advocacy initiatives. Our Come to the Table program aims to raise awareness about hunger in our communities and to increase access to healthier foods in underserved areas. ProMedica is also home to Fields of Green, an umbrella for several health and nutrition education programs.

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Live Well Greater Toledo

ProMedica is a founding partner organization of Live Well Greater Toledo, a diverse collaboration of community leaders and groups working together to promote policy, systems and environmental change for a healthier community. Live Well’s focus offers opportunities to individuals in underserved areas of ProMedica’s service region to increase physical activity and improve eating habits. View the below video to learn more about Live Well Greater Toledo.

 

ProMedica Community Resource Directory for Greater Toledo

ProMedica is pleased to share the attached Community Resource Directory of Greater Toledo, which was created to assist individuals with limited income in our metro community. Topics and resources cover myriad issues, from where to obtain baby formula, to which school systems provide free breakfast to students, to how to locate appropriate senior housing. This document includes many services found via United Way’s 2-1-1 and the Area Office on Aging, but also includes a printable version, allowing printing of the entire document, or specific pages, as needed.

This directory will be updated annually. In the coming months, regional directories will be developed for each of the communities served by ProMedica. This functional directory is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all services provided in our community, but rather serve as a resource to help individuals meet their basic needs. If you have questions or suggestions as we continue to develop these resource tools, please e-mail Gaye Martin, manager, Mission Services, at gaye.martin@promedica.org.

Come to the Table to End U.S. Hunger

As part of its collaborative Come to the Table advocacy initiative, ProMedica is addressing hunger as a health issue and encouraging other healthcare leaders, federal legislators and additional partners to expand the effort to their communities. ProMedica and one of its national partners, the Alliance to End Hunger, held a national summit in Washington, D.C., on February 27, 2014 to broaden the dialogue about hunger and health. Randy Oostra, ProMedica president and chief executive officer, unveiled this video about the problem of U.S. hunger and some solutions at the Capitol Hill summit.



ProMedica Helps to Change a Food Desert - The Flower Market Garden Grocer

As part of its mission to end hunger, ProMedica’s Flower Market, at 3890 Monroe St., has opened a healthy Garden Grocer. This healthy corner store will provide convenient access to fresh fruits, vegetable, whole grains and low fat dairy products, as the CDC states that food deserts are areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lowfat dairy, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet. The closest full service grocery store is a mile away in each direction, so the addition of these healthy foods are being provided to assist the neighborhood in healthy options, when a trip to the grocery store is not an easy option. The Flower Market Garden Grocer food items will be priced at grocery store prices, and will accept SNAP and WIC benefits, in the near future. Other future programs for this site include occasional cooking demos and a farmer’s market.

Learn more about The Flower Market

Legislative Event Focused on Senior Hunger

On April 29, 2013, ProMedica participated in a legislative breakfast hosted by the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio. Regional organizations and elected officials gave remarks pertaining to the hidden issue of hunger amongst seniors. In the below video, which was shown at the event, the Area Office on Aging puts a face on this issue by documenting the struggles of three older adults as they try to obtain enough food.



Addressing Hunger Essential to Improving Health

The relationship between eating well and good health is solidly acknowledged. We learn from an early age that “you are what you eat” and consuming fruits and vegetables is important. With the growth of the obesity epidemic, much of the attention to food consumption in America has focused on the volume, caloric density, and fat content of food consumed, with good reason. What’s often missing in our discussion of good health and food consumption, however, is the tragic level of hunger in America. In the richest nation, millions suffer the pangs of hunger and their health suffers as a result.

In a recent white paper developed by ProMedica and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), we examine the extent of hunger in America, the inextricable links of hunger to poor health and the need to consider hunger as a health issue to make the changes needed.

View the white paper developed by ProMedica and PFCD

Being Advocates for our Communities

We further support our area residents through government relations efforts. We work with public officials, community stakeholders and our own hospital departments to ensure that local and national healthcare policies best serve the needs of our communities.

Learn more about Government Relations.

Learn more about GrassRoots Green.

Learn more about Healthcare Reform.

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