COMMUNITY HEALTH: BUILDING PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
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Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are spearheading an effort
to bring together more than 100 public and private sector leaders
to "pledge their commitment to develop long-lasting solutions to
community health problems." The group, which consists of
representatives from public health agencies, health care
providers, religious organizations, national and local government
and advocacy organizations will meet June 20-22. Participants
will be asked to "sign a declaration of action for creating
healthier communities," reaffirm their commitment to a "common
ground agenda" and develop an "action agenda" that member
organizations can follow to "improve the quality of life in
communities" over the next two to five years.
WHAT'S HAPPENING: Highlights of the meeting include
addresses from AHA President Dick Davidson, CDC Director David
Satcher and a keynote by National Civic League President
Christopher Gates (AHA release, 6/17).
AND THE WINNER IS: Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Region has been awarded the American Association of Health Plans'
(AAHP) first annual Community Leadership Award for excellence in
addressing the needs of the community it serves. Kaiser
Permanente was selected for its Watts Counseling and Learning
Center, which works to contribute to the personal growth and
development of inner-city children, their parents and other
adults by providing a range of services such as educational
programs, summer camps, counseling and job training.
AAHP President Karen Ignagni said, "Kaiser Permanente's Center is
an outstanding example of how our members are making a difference
in the lives of people across the nation" (AAHP release, 6/18).