The Advocacy Institute is a training program designed to empower participants and community stakeholders to create sustainable change. Through a five-phase framework that builds from the diffusion of innovation and empowerment theories, we teach participants the "how-to" of making public health policy that responds to community needs.
The federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides nutritious meals to children and adults in emergency housing, child care, adult care, and other settings throughout the United States. Through a partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Supportive Housing (OSH), we offer capacity-building training and technical assistance to seven family emergency housing shelters to improve each site’s ability to provide safe and nutritious meals for families in the shelter.
The Cultivating Communities Campaign (CCC) is a food access initiative that seeks to increase access to fresh, locally-grown produce for low-income individuals and families in the North Penn region of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. This is accomplished through a collaborative effort to build the local community’s capacity by developing and expanding edible gardens, and coordinating partnerships among community gardens, farms, and produce distribution sites that reach community members in need.
Eat.Right.Now. (ERN) is a nutrition education and obesity prevention program led by the School District of Philadelphia and funded by the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). Through this partnership, Health Promotion Council and other ERN partners provide nutrition education for students in 80% of Philadelphia's public schools. HPC reaches approximately 14,000 students and 268 caregivers across 20 schools. Our nutrition educators help students identify healthy eating and physical activity options using simple key messages, food sampling, and supportive, interactive activities.
Focus on Fathers (FOF) is a community-based fatherhood support program that offers parenting education, case management, and job readiness training. FOF helps fathers create and maintain healthy, positive involvement in their children’s lives. Since 2001, FOF has served more than 350 individuals annually, including fathers, stepfathers, and other male caregivers, as well as couples and co-parents, throughout Philadelphia.
Health Promotion Council’s GREENS program creates and expands edible gardens, and provides nutrition and physical activity education at schools and community sites in low-income communities in Philadelphia. Through GREENS, we help families move from awareness about healthy eating concepts to adoption of healthy eating habits. We achieve this by teaching them how to grow fruits and vegetables, eat healthy meals, and be physically active at home and at school. This kind of education builds the capacity of children and families to develop and sustain healthy habits, participate in healthy lifestyle activities as a family, and maintain gardens in their schools and communities. It also increases participants’ knowledge and awareness about ways to incorporate physical activity, as well as the likelihood that they will include physical activity into their week.
Grupo Moriviví is a support group for Latina breast cancer survivors. The program offers monthly support groups as well as comprehensive needs assessments for breast cancer survivors.
The Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Out-of-School Time Partnership Initiative (HKHC) is an initiative led by HPC and conducted in partnership with several nonprofit and governmental organizations in Philadelphia. HKHC has taken a policy and systems approach to addressing the root causes of childhood obesity by creating and implementing Healthy Living Guidelines (Guidelines) for nutrition and physical activity in after-school programs throughout Philadelphia.
The Naveguemos con Salud (NCS) Breast Health Partnership Project and its sister program Navigating, Educating, and Supporting Together (NEST) are coordinated education and patient navigation programs designed to improve breast health outcomes among Philadelphia’s Latina population. These programs aim to increase capacity at the individual and community levels to overcome social determinants of health by increasing knowledge and awareness of breast health issues and resources and by decreasing barriers to access within the Latino community.
Nutrition for Life (NFL) provides direct nutrition education services to low-income children, adults, and seniors living in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties who are eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as Food Stamp benefits).
Health Promotion Council received a two-year grant award from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to lead the PA Community Living Initiative (PA CLI) in partnership with key stakeholders to ensure the delivery and sustainability of the Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP), which aims to reduce the negative impacts of diabetes on older adults and adults with disabilities. PACLI; with its Delivery System Partners that include: Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA), Health Partners Plans (HPP), AmeriHealth Caritas Plans (ACP), and PHMC-PersonLink (PL); will provide 295 Diabetes Self-Management Programs across 81 sites throughout the Northeast, Central and Southeast regions of Pennsylvania to 4,500 participants within two year period, while building the capacity to scale and sustain programming into the future.
PA CCI is a statewide project whose goal is to improve capacity building and infrastructure to support those with or at risk for diabetes and its related chronic diseases and risk factors. PA CCI is working across the state to bring partners together to address some of the key issues that create barriers to access and utilization of evidence-based chronic disease self-management, Diabetes Prevention (DPP) and Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) programs. These challenges include issues related to patients, primary care providers, health care communication technology and delivery systems, and health insurers/payers and this initiative uses partners across these various healthcare sectors to address these barriers.
Philly Play is an initiative launched by City of Philadelphia Councilman Bobby Henon from the 6th District in Philadelphia. The goal of Philly Play is to help Philadelphia youth and their families build healthier lifestyles through fun, safe physical activity. In particular, HPC seeks to provide Philadelphia youth opportunities to get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity. HPC worked with Councilman Henon to design and develop Philly Play programming, and currently leads program implementation and coordination.
Relationship Education in the Mix (REMix) is a community-based healthy relationship education program that offers structured group education to couples and co-parents. Since 2011, REMix has served more than 150 individuals annually throughout Philadelphia. The goal of REMix is to help parents meet the everyday emotional and communication needs of their relationship in order to maintain a healthier base from which to raise their children.
Since 2007, HPC has been the Southeast Regional Primary Contractor for Pennsylvania's Department of Health's Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. Through this program, HPC staff, along with thirteen community-based service providers, work to prevent and reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Schuylkill Counties.
Through funding from the Office of Addiction Services (OAS) and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), Health Promotion Council provides individual and group-level merchant education to tobacco retailers in Philadelphia who violate youth tobacco sale laws. Working with health literacy experts, we have created and translated a merchant education curriculum and accompanying educational materials to deliver this training.
Triumphant Living Collaborative (TLC) is a research dissemination program that educates community residents about evidence-based strategies for preventing cardiovascular disease and cancer, and the value of research in preventing and managing chronic disease. TLC focuses specifically on African American adults in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
HPC has conducted youth tobacco sale law enforcement in Philadelphia, Delaware and Lancaster Counties since 1993, and overseen enforcement efforts across Southeastern Pennsylvania since 2006. HPC partners with local and state government representatives, municipalities, communities, local and regional transportation systems, schools, corner stores, and restaurants to ensure the laws regarding the sale of tobacco products are adhered to using appropriate education and enforcement protocols.