he Endeleo Institute recently received a Power of Excellence Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) acknowledging our collaborative work in health equity in Washington Heights. Health equity is complex and defined many ways but in its simplest form relates to each person having the opportunity to have the best health possible.
That typically doesn’t happen in communities lacking access to healthy food, affordable healthcare and medication, quality education, sustainable jobs, small business opportunities and safe streets. These quality of life issues represent the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and addressing their root causes is what brought strong research (AHA) and community (Endeleo) together.
Endeleo was also selected to serve on the Heart Association’s national Health Equity and Social Determinants Task Force for a deeper dive into the complexities of health equity, strategizing on how to create and expand fair and just opportunities in under resourced communities.
For example, Endeleo’s efforts to improve the built environment in the form of the Woodson Library Renovation is an innovative way to build social cohesion in community. So much that upon submitting a joint proposal highlighting the Woodson project, Endeleo and the American Heart Association were selected from over 100 proposals to make a presentation to a national audience at the 2nd Annual Root Cause Coalition Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in October.
We’re naturally excited about the opportunity to put Washington Heights on the map but just as enthused to see an existing asset transformed and repositioned to improve the overall health of the community. Leading is Fundamental!