|Health Symposia Series|
The Health Symposia
The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga presents its first annual Community Health Symposium Series, a set of strategic planning events uniting organizations, initiatives, and community leaders to build stronger communication and collaboration for collectively addressing urgent public health issues throughout the area.
Date: June 26, 2012
Time: 9:00a.m. – 1:30p.m.
Location: Urban League of Greater Chattanooga – Kingdom Center Room
Healthy Food Access is a major concern in Chattanooga, as there is a limited selection of grocery stores and places to buy fresh fruits and vegetables; especially in low-income areas. Communities which have limited access to affordable and nutritious foods are known as “Food Deserts.” Food deserts are usually located in urban and rural low income areas. During its 2011-2012 service year, the Urban league surveyed 700 clients. When asked about grocery stores, 27% of respondents indicated that they do not have access to one that provides high quality produce within a mile of their home. In an effort to improve the state of healthy food access and reduce its associated negative health impact across communities in the Chattanooga area, The Urban League hosted a Healthy Food Access Symposium on April 18, 2012. During this event, symposium attendees were broken up into focus groups (State and Federal Policy and Relevant Local Advocacy, Local Policy and Meeting City Needs, Community Programs and Organizational Intervention) to develop solutions to the healthy food access issue in the Chattanooga Area.
Click the links below for details of the solutions that were put forth as a result of the Healthy Food Access symposium.
On May 16th, 2012 the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga hosted the Obesity Related Disease Prevention symposium. It was the second in a set of three strategic planning events uniting organizations, initiatives, and community leaders to build stronger communication and collaboration for collectively addressing urgent public health issues throughout the region. Participating organizations included: City of Chattanooga Parks and Recreation, The Creative Discovery Museum, Hamilton County Coordinated School Health, The YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga, The Trust for Public Land – Chattanooga, UTC College of Health and Human Performance, and Bike Chattanooga. Several other organizations were in attendance as well. This event was successful in collecting practical ideas and solutions to decrease obesity rates and improve the quality of life of residents in the greater Chattanooga area. These solutions will be presented to local and state politicians in the hopes of producing policies which will positively impact obesity reduction and prevention efforts in the city.
Click the link below for details of the solutions that were put forth as a result of the Obesity Related Disease prevention symposium.