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Healthy and Active Communities: New Madrid County Health Department


Recent health assessments conducted by the New Madrid County Health Department indicated that the most significant health disparities in the county were in rates of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and other obesity related health conditions, particularly among African American and American Indian populations. The local health department developed a multi-tiered approach to address this disparity focusing on increasing physical activity and improving nutrition through collaboration with schools and churches. These partnerships, along with incentives, are designed to increase participation in activities. 

Primary Toolkit:

UW's Health Disparities Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Chronic Disease, Health Equity, Minority, Social Justice


Institutional Author:

University of Washington School of Nursing Department of Psychosocial and Community Health





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