Health Action is a partnership of local leaders, organizations, and individuals dedicated to improving health and well-being and achieving equity across Sonoma County. Health Action Chapters are local community health improvement groups that address local priorities in coordination and alignment with the Health Action Committees. Corazón is the Health Action chapter for Healdsburg and it is made up of representatives from many sectors of the community including city government, the local health care system, non-profits, businesses, education, and community members. The Corazón Health Action Chapter has four subgroups that convene regularly. To learn more about the countywide effort, please visit sonomahealthaction.org.
- Food Access -
The Food Access Working Group, a committee of Corazón's Health Action Chapter, was developed in partnership with the School Garden Network, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Farm to Pantry, Healdsburg Farmer's Market and Healdsburg Shared Ministries to provide education and access to fresh and healthy groceries and meals to families in need.
- Equity Initiative -
The Healdsburg Equity Initiative was convened in 2018 to create a space where academic equity for Latinx families in our local public schools could be discussed and solutions formed. Parents, teachers, community members and students meet twice per month to discuss issues impacting the community.
- Early Childhood Education -
When it comes to children's cognitive development, ages 0-5 are foundational to school and life outcomes. According to the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment done by Healdsburg elementary schools, 4/5 kids are not coming to school “ready to go”. This lag in academic readiness is due, in part, to the lack of seats and hours available in quality, licensed early-childhood education environments including preschools and daycares. Latinx families are disproportionately affected by this shortage and unable to get their children into the limited spots. In an effort to reverse this trend, Corazón created the annual Preschool Fair in Healdsburg. Held at the Community Center with child-friendly activities, all families are invited to learn about their options for early childhood education– including opportunities for financial assistance. Corazón ensures that every table in the fair has a bilingual educator that can inform parents about their individual program.
- Harm Reduction Task Force -
Every eight days, a person in Sonoma County dies from an accidental drug overdose. Prescription drug use and misuse is a large contributing factor to this problem. Sonoma County has seen significant increases in local drug poisoning deaths since 2012: a 17% increase in the rate of unintentional prescription opiate drug poisoning hospitalizations. Because local emergency departments and provider organizations are on the front lines of prescription opioid misuse and abuse, the Healdsburg Harm Reduction Task Force has brought together community health leaders to address this growing public health concern through collective, coordinated action for greatest impact.
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