Jenna Carlesso, The Connecticut Mirror, February 4
For years, faith leaders across the state have gathered to talk about the health issues affecting their congregants. In minority communities, that discussion often focuses on disparities in treatment, access to care and health outcomes. The Reverend Robyn Anderson heard the concerns and is turning them into advocacy. Anderson helped form a network of more than 30 churches and 3,500 members to carry the voices of underrepresented communities – especially African Americans and other people of color – to state agencies and the legislature.
Savannah Kuang, KQED, February 1
If you get sick or are diagnosed with a disease, your physician will often write you a prescription for medication. But what if kale and carrots were also part of your treatment plan? This is part of a holistic approach to tackling health disparities in California. The Food as Medicine Collaborative partners with health clinics, food banks and pantries, and the private sector to run “food pharmacies” that help bridge the divide between health care systems and food services. The Collaborative also seeks to make policy changes.