what is health justice?
We all know how important a healthy lifestyle and nutritious diet are. But what about the circumstances outside of our control that prevent us from accessing healthy options? From a lack of grocery stores with fresh, nutritious food that is affordable (Food Justice) to a lack of access to open green spaces or fitness offerings for physical exercise and mental well being, there are a variety of circumstantial obstacles that keep some populations from living a healthy life.
These obstacles are particularly evident in Los Angeles where according to 2015 Health Survey which showed that:
- ~ 15% of LA residents don't view their neighborhoods as safe
- ~ 20% of LA residents living below, at, or near the poverty line don't have paths, parks, or playgrounds in their neighborhoods
- ~ 29% of LA residents living below, at, or near the poverty line are food insecure
- ~ 26% of LA residents are obese
- ~ 35% of LA residents are overweight
Jubilee seeks to help overcome obstacles which contribute to health disparities in LA in order to ensure health and fitness for all.
Ensuring Health and fitness for all.
The Health Justice Project of Jubilee Consortium is a multi-generational health education, fitness, and leadership program offered in communities throughout Los Angeles County. It’s goal is to reduce both individual and systemic barriers to improved health outcomes - particularly in low-income and underserved communities. It uses a multi-pronged strategy to overcome these barriers to achieving optimal individual and community-wide health.
These strategies include:
These strategies include:
- Providing culturally competent preventative health, fitness, and nutrition education classes
- Offering regular, free or cheap, donation-based physical fitness activities at locally accessible, safe, and trusted neighborhood sites
- Training community members to become health leaders in their homes and neighborhoods through
- Working with local partners to Advocate for policy changes that promote access to healthy living
A key component of the Jubilee Health Justice Project is family participation. Participants in our programming are future community leaders in health, nutrition, and fitness who will go on to become instructors, volunteers, or community leaders, who reach out to and advocate for the health and well-being of their families and community. This fosters a deep level of community ownership in our project which further contributes to its success.
Participants build critical relationships of support with one another and gain a better understanding of the barriers that prevent individuals and families from getting appropriate levels of exercise and eating healthy. Local leadership teams are developed to strengthen the long term sustainability of activities. The success of our community engagement model is evidenced by the strong growth of the Health Justice Project. It has grown from 3 to 10 sites in the last five years and reaches over 30,000 community members annually.