PITTSBURGH, January 11, 2007 On behalf of the UPMC Braddock Steps to a Healthy Community health disparities initiative, local officials, UPMC administrators and the initiative steering committee will accept a check for $300,000 from Pennsylvania State Sen. Sean Logan at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 19, at UPMC Braddock, 400 Holland Ave., Braddock.
The check presentation will be the highlight of a 10 a.m. dedication ceremony and a public open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., officially opening the hospitals new Steps to a Healthy Community office, located in Suite 101 of the UPMC Braddock Professional Building. The open house will feature tours of the office, free health screenings, free flu shots, a dedication memento, light refreshments and a door prize drawing.
The state grant funding was secured through the efforts of Sen. Logan to recognize the importance of eliminating health disparities within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Steps to a Healthy Community has laid a firm foundation in addressing the major areas of emphasis identified by the Healthy People 2010 initiative to eliminate health disparities, said Sen. Logan. These funds will sustain and expand the visionary programs and partnerships established within the Steps to a Healthy Community initiative, helping to make it a model for our Commonwealth and the rest of the nation.
The grand opening of our new office is an exciting time for our Steps to a Healthy Community initiative, attests Mark Sevco, president, UPMC Braddock. We are extremely grateful to Senator Logan and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for recognizing the value of our work and giving us significant assistance to help improve the health and vitality of our entire community.
Steps to a Healthy Community is not only a hospital initiative, according to Rodney Jones, UPMC Braddocks vice president of operations, and the initiatives chair. It represents the collaboration of a host of health care providers, social service agencies, community groups and local residents who are dedicated to eliminating health disparities and enhancing access to quality health care, wellness and lifestyle improvement resources right here in their own community. Our new office will serve as a hub for all of the programs, services and resources that are continuing to evolve under our Steps to a Healthy Community umbrella.
Steps to a Healthy Community, now celebrating its first anniversary, has established six areas of emphasis identified by the National Institutes of Health: asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and maternal and child health and a newly recognized need oral health.
Weve spent the first year laying the foundation and establishing the infrastructure for our program, Jones says. Weve worked hard to develop partnerships and a comprehensive plan for addressing each of these areas of emphasis within our community. This grant from the Commonwealth and Senator Logan, and the establishment of a physical presence with our new Steps office, allows us to take the next step in our journey.
The Steps to a Healthy Community office will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Suite 101, UPMC Braddock Professional Building, and will provide health and wellness information, educational programs, counseling and referral to programs and resources throughout the community. For additional information regarding the UPMC Braddock Steps to a Healthy Community health disparities.