Foundation Honors 10 Partnerships For Boosting Community Health

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Target partnership
A partnership involving Target, Eisner Health and Wholesome Wave has worked to make healthy food more affordable for low-income families in Los Angeles.


A Los Angeles-based partnership won top honors for its efforts to make healthy eating more affordable.
The Healthy10 Awards came at the end of a summit on the connection between community health and economic prosperity.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently honored 10 partnerships for their efforts to connect businesses and communities to promote good health.  

The inaugural Healthy10 Awards took place on February 16, recognizing partnerships that are working to address concerns ranging from lung cancer, to physical fitness, to a scarcity of healthy food in the inner city.

The Healthy10 Awards recognized partnerships in three categories related to community health and wellness, and awarded one top overall honor.

The Partnership of the Year award went to the “Los Angeles Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program,” a partnership between Target, Eisner Health, and Wholesome Wave designed to make healthy eating more affordable for low-income people in the the Los Angeles area.

The Healthy10 Awards celebration was the culmination of the two day Health Means Business National Summit, which brought together business, government, and non-profit leaders to discuss the business community’s role in improving community wellness. The summit was an extension of the Foundation’s Health Means Business campaign, which has sought to highlight the business case for community health.

Here are the other nine Healthy10 winners.

Healthy Community

BD, Direct Relief, and the National Association of Community Health Center’s “BD Helping Build Healthy Communities” initiative 
Helps local community clinics deliver primary and preventative healthcare services related to the prevention and treatment of diabetes, cervical cancer and HIV.

Health Care Services Corporation and  the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest’s “Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma” initiative
Identifies clinics treating a large number of pediatric patients with asthma, and provides a year-long training program focused on improving quality of care.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the American Lung Association’s “LUNG FORCE” initiative
Designed to fight and ultimately defeat lung cancer. Through awareness, improving prevention and early detection efforts and enhancing treatment, LUNG FORCE has helped curtail decades of stigma surrounding lung cancer.

Healthy Education and Workforce

The Memphis Business Group on Health’s CEO Culture of Health initiative
An employer-led initiative focused on promoting healthy company policies, programs, benefits, and cultures, empowering CEOs to become health champions.
GSK, the Food Trust, and the Philadelphia Youth Network’s “Get HYPE Philly!” initiative
Empowers youth to become leaders for healthy change through physical fitness, nutrition education, entrepreneurship, and civic involvement.
Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Wellness Council of Indiana’s “Indiana Healthy Community Initiative”
Works to combat Indiana’s growing obesity rate. The initiative focuses on developing citizen engagement, adopting policies that support health and wellness at work and in the community, and cultivating strong leadership by local businesses.

Healthy Environment

Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States and DC Central Kitchen’s “Healthy Corners” initiative
Addresses the more than 200,000 residents in Washington, D.C. who live in food deserts by working with local business to provide healthier food.

Duke Energy and the North Carolina Community Action Association’s “Duke Energy Helping Home Fund” initiative
Improves the health, safety, and energy efficiency of low-income households to prevent chronic diseases that severely impact a person’s health and quality of life.

Minnesota Somali Chamber of Commerce, City of Minneapolis Health Department, the food safety evaluators and the Somali community’s “Minneapolis Somali-Language Food Safety Coalition
Helps business owners who struggle to meet compliance standards critical to food safety because of language barriers.