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Wedneday, September 16 | 7:30-9:00 am | 1 Citrus Bowl Place

“One of the biggest predictors of health in America is not your genetic predisposition but the station of life into which you are born” - Robert Wood Johnson Commission on Health. 

Numerous studies have shown that family income has a dramatic impact on the wellbeing of children and families. In fact, children who grow up in low income neighborhoods are 7 times more likely than their higher income peers to experience serious health challenges such as low birth weights, diabetes, depression, high-blood pressure, heart disease, asthma and even a higher incidence of infant mortality.

The vast majority of the thousands of children who live in the 32805 zip code live in poverty, making them statistically less likely to develop healthy habits or be in good health.

Traditionally, healthcare interventions in poor or low-income neighborhoods have focused on identifying health problems and providing services to prevent or alleviate these problems with little attention to enhancing people’s strengths or capabilities. As a result, individuals can feel disempowered, becoming passive recipients instead of active participants in their health. 

Though greater access to effective and affordable healthcare is extremely important in reducing the gap in health disparities for the sake of social justice and the wellbeing of every community, medical care alone is simply not capable of delivering greater health and wellness overall. 

Come and learn what the research tells us about the vital role of the neighborhood and how prioritizing place can encourage the engagement of residents. See how working in partnership with LIFT Orlando and the resident-leaders for the Communities of West Lakes, at the heart of 32805, could have the potential to elevate the hopes and wellbeing for not only those within the LIFT Focus Area or West Lakes but all of 32805 and the entire City of Orlando.

Sign up for a learning session with Eddy Moratin, Executive Director of LIFT Orlando and Phil Hissom, Executive Director of Polis Institute. Please email natalie@liftorlando.org with any questions.