Should a zip code define your health?
Various studies across the country suggest zip codes
are a major factor in tracking health disparities
Zip codes are often used by demographers to determine access to quality education, jobs, safe neighborhoods and city services. Depending on the zip codes you live and work in, it will largely define your quality of life -- even so far as life expectancy according to some reports.

Health is also determined, in part, by the zip codes where you live and work. Disparities created by economic circumstances, environmental factors, employment, housing stock, education, availability of healthy foods, indoor and outdoor activities, and access to quality care moves the needle toward better health or failing health. 

There is a myriad of research and articles on this topic. Even professional athletes have seen the zip code impact first-hand. Former NBA player and University of Michigan Basketball star Jalen Rose penned an article, "When a zip code determines a child's future."

Rose talks in terms of changing education within a zip code through leadership and partnership. The same can be done for health disparities.

The Greater Detroit Area Health Council [GDAHC] is partnering with funders, health care organizations, businesses and community groups to reduce disparities. Our vision -- healthy people, healthy economy -- is not more evident when health is shown more and more as a driver to community prosperity.

Next month, GDAHC will launch initiatives in Eastpointe, Roseville and Warren, powered by the Macomb Partners in Health collaboration.

The "health around the corner" initiatives will include outdoor activities, such as a new basketball court and walking routes; identification of healthy foods locations; Diabetes Prevention Program workshops; healthy eating during the workday; and the like. The initiatives will be posted on the health around the corner webpage. If you want to become a GDAHC partner or participate in the initiatives, email us or call 313-963-4990.
Thur, November 5
5:30 - 8:00 p.m. 
Detroit Marriott
Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Dr
Detroit, MI 48243
Celebrate Health Care Transformation November 5
New venue! The 2015 GDAHC Salute! to Healthcare will be at the beautifully-renovated Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center.
  • Network with the most impressive, powerful, diverse group of health care stakeholders.
  • Celebrate individuals and organizations that have transformed health care.
  • Learn about GDAHC health and well-being programs and support its mission.

GDAHC will announce Salute! to Healthcare honorees in September.
The 2015 GDAHC Salute! to Healthcare includes a cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony.

Become a sponsor or purchase a table or ticketsA sponsorship menu and other ticket information is available by contacting Bryan Peckinpaugh at 313-965-4123 or [email protected].
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