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Health

Health is understood in a comprehensive manner including the physical condition of people of all ages, accessibility and quality of primary care, and availability of supportive services. This Infancy to Innovation area of interest also examines unequal social conditions that exist for different groups and the degree to which injustices based on institutional racism, class exploitation, and gender discrimination are root-causes of poor health in our community.

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The following are the community-identified goals that help children, youth, and young adults succeed in the global knowledge economy:

Young Children

  • Develop a system to provide an accessible, affordable, medical home (primary care provider) for pregnant women and all young children from birth to age five, which provides comprehensive physical exams, oral health and preventive care.
  • Develop systems to assure that all young children from birth to age five have access to food that is healthy, green, fair and affordable while in the home, child care and pre-kindergarten learning environments. Additionally, develop systems to assure the same for lactating mothers a well as access to nutritional information and support, including for breastfeeding, for the benefit of both mother and child.

Youth

  • Develop strategies to eliminate health inequities through policy, practice and perception change.
  • Develop systems to assure that all youth have access to food that is healthy, green, fair and affordable while in the home, school and out-of-school environments. Provide opportunities to develop personal nutritional practices that result in healthier choices and maximizing exposure to, and options for, nutritionally dense foods while minimizing exposure to calorie dense foods.

Young Adults

  • Develop strategies to eliminate health inequities through policy, practice and perception change.
  • Develop systems to assure that all young adults have access to food that is healthy, green, fair and affordable while in the home, school and workplace environments. Provide opportunities to develop personal nutritional practices that result in healthier choices and maximizing exposure to, and options for, nutritionally dense foods while minimizing exposure to calorie dense foods. Additionally, develop systems to assure the same for lactating mothers as well as access to nutritional information and support, including for breastfeeding, for the benefit of both mother and child.

Supportive factors are the key resilience factors known through research that mitigate risk factors and promote healthy development for young children, youth, and adults.

The following are exemplary factors that support children, youth, and young adults to succeed in the global knowledge economy:

Young Children

  • Assuring that all young children have adequate health care, check-ups, immunizations and nutrition to help them grow up with the skills and abilities to actively participate in the global knowledge economy.

Youth

  • Growing up substance abuse free and making healthy life choices helps youth grow up with the skills and abilities to actively participate in the global knowledge economy.

Young Adults

  • Appropriate knowledge of personal health, low risk taking, and protected sexual relationships are supportive factors that help young adults obtain the skills and abilities to actively participate in the global knowledge economy.

The following are areas that our community should invest in to better prepare our children, youth, and young adults in the global knowledge economy:

Young Children

  • Investing in economic incentives for providers to ensure every family has a medical home.
  • Investing in community wide initiatives to provide immunizations, oral health and nutrition education.
  • Invest in economic levers that provide for healthy alternatives within the local food system that accessible to families of young children.

Youth

  • Expand Ingham Health plan.
  • Invest in economic levers that provide for healthy alternatives within the local food system that are accessible to youth.

Young Adults

  • Invest in young adult designed and driven efforts to identify and eliminate health inequities.
  • Invest in economic levers that provide for healthy alternatives within the local food system.

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