Urban Health Initiative

Urban Health Initiative Mission Statement:

UHI provides health disparities education and advocacy, builds collaborative partnerships and develops best practice models with underserved communities and those who work with them in Metropolitan Atlanta in order to advance equity in health and well-being.

This past semester, The Arts and Social Engagement group paired with Urban Health Initiative and filmmaker William Feagins in a project to improve the community through their work. They were also assisted by Dr. Carolyn Aidman, PHD and Dr. William Sexson, MD.Their goal was to increase education on nutrition and access to fresh produce in low socio-economic neighborhoods of Atlanta through their work at the Community Teaching Garden. The garden is located in low income, food desert area of North West Atlanta. Their project aims to teach community members how to grow their own food, to provide nutritional education, and to grow fresh produce from the garden.

Hagar Elsayed- Video Guru

Bria Goeller- Artist Liaison and Video Editor

Samantha Goodman- UHI Liaison

Jordan Hesslein – UHI Liaison

Hannah Higgins – UHI Liaison

Justin Lee – UHI Liaison

Hangyul Song – Group Organizer

Leila Yavari – Video Guru

Throughout their project, members of the Arts and Social Engagement team interviewed various people involved in their project and involved with UHI.

The Urban Health Initiative’s Goal is to connect community with academia, to provide an opportunity for learners both in a school setting or in the community to get more knowledge about social determinants of health, to apply that knowledge and then to also work together with community students to make a positive change.”

Co- Director of Urban Health Initiative Dr. Charles Moore when asked about UHI’s goals

Charles E. Moore, MD is an associate professor of Otolaryngology at Emory University School of Medicine, co-director of the Emory Urban Health Initiative, and chief of service in the Department of Otolaryngology at Grady Health System. Dr. Moore is also the founder and co-editor of the International Journal of Medical Volunteerism.

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