The Featured Community
The Lehigh Valley in PA will be a demonstration community where a Force for Health membership is growing across all sectors of the community. Starting with select leader organizations in Allentown, the program will emanate out with support from within the community and incentives and other support from programs, companies and experts from around the world.
The approach to the community was to use the Million Hearts program event as a community organization catalyst, with leadership from the involved organizations to take the message from Million Hearts, and create a Force for Health implementation program to instill the message and get the outcomes. Everyone in the region will have access to the Healthforce app, force field augmented reality posters, and online personal accounts in the Force for Health Population Health Portal.
A wave of influence will emanate out from the initial partners as they demonstrate the activity in their organization and then recruit additional organizations in the second wave. The second wave kicks off with a Health eAcademy event, in conjunction with the Passion for Pasta program, where a healthy Mediterranean diet will be featured, with nutrition experts, chef cooking demonstration, a healthy meal, and train the trainer teaching for organizations to join and use Force for Health.
We are seeking second wave participant organizations and individuals that wish to attend a session of the Health eAcademy program on November 13th and 14th.
First Wave - September 2015 - Partners in Allentown:
- Lead Agency
- City of Allentown Bureau of Health
- Executive Education Academic Charter School
- After School
- Community Organization
- Community Agency
- Casa Guadalupe and their WIC program
- Senior Center
- Lehigh Valley Active Living
- Work Place
- City of Allentown Employees
- Faith Based (pending)
- University (pending)