One of the most important predictors of overall health is your zip code.
- The house you live in.
- How safe your neighborhood is.
- Availability of employment.
- Educational opportunities.
- Health care accessibility.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, with our partners, recognize all these factors impact communities’ overall health. That’s why the Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families (HNHF) initiative started in 2008.
This initiative, composed of faith-based organizations, community development organizations, workforce development programs, youth-serving nonprofits and local public schools, seeks to create positive health outcomes in the community.
HNHF began on Columbus’ South Side, the area around Nationwide Children’s, and has proven it can improve community, family and individual wellbeing. The initiative has now expanded to the Linden area where it will supplement and expand upon the bold vision of the One Linden plan, developed by community leaders, thanks to the support of the Nationwide Innovation Fund.
The HNHF initiative targets five impact areas: affordable housing, education, health and wellness, community enrichment and economic development.
Impact Areas: A Closer Look
When a family is living in a safe, affordable house, it brings a sense of stability, so the family can focus on other things, like a child’s education, a parent’s job and the family’s health.
The HNHF initiative supports a number of programs to improve educational outcomes focused around school readiness and mentorship.
Health & Wellness
Nationwide Children’s works to improve access to health care through community and school-based services.
Partnering with neighborhood and community stakeholders, HNHF works to support the social connections and the overall neighborhood experience for residents.
Work readiness training, career development, experiential learning, free tax preparation, credit education and financial coaching are available to help residents.
Interested in learning more about HNHF? Contact Nick Jones, Health Neighborhoods Healthy Families director, at Nicholas.Jones@NationwideChildrens.org.