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Com­mu­nity coali­tion helps change pub­lic pol­icy

Modern Healthcare - - Special Section -

The Fin­ney County Com­mu­nity Health Coali­tion, or­ga­nized and led by St. Cather­ine Hos­pi­tal in Gar­den City, Kan., has done more than sim­ply en­gage a va­ri­ety of stake­hold­ers in pub­lic fo­rums about com­mu­nity health is­sues, such as the need for pub­lic trans­porta­tion and the dangers of sec­ond­hand smoke.

St. Cather­ine and its part­ners, who serve an area that’s nearly one-half Latino and has a per capita in­come of just over $17,000, can point to sev­eral out­comes of their ad­vo­cacy work in the past three years: cre­ation of the 11-route City Link bus sys­tem, pas­sage of a pub­lic smok­ing plan, devel­op­ment of a Cen­ter for Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies, and the re­ceipt of grants to­ward pre­vent­ing un­der­age drink­ing and pro­mot­ing early child­hood well­ness.

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