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Cambridge wins nationwide health prize

Posted by Brock Parker  March 5, 2013 11:17 AM

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Cambridge is one of six communities nationwide to win a $25,000 prize from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the city’s efforts to help residents lead healthier lives.

Cambridge received the Roadmaps to Health Prize from the New Jersey-based Foundation in February and will celebrate the achievement during National Public Health Week this April, according to the city.

The other winning communities are Fall River, MA; Santa Cruz County, Calif.; New Orleans, La.; Manistique, Mich.; and Minneapolis, Minn.

Cambridge is being honored for its innovative approaches to preventing disease and injury by addressing the root causes of poor health, which include poverty, low education, racism, and unsafe neighborhoods.

The city offers early education and parenting programs, such as a free program called “Baby University” that promotes strong parent-child relationships in families with young children, a “Let’s Talk” literacy program for immigrant and low-income families and an affordable preschool program that focuses on learning through play.

The Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House was also recognized for its health program and education efforts with the city.

The Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House has worked with the Cambridge Public Health Department and the Men of Color Task Force to develop the Men’s Health League program addressing health disparities and access to health care for over 500 men of color. The non-profit organization also collaborated with the city and the Cambridge Community Center to design and implement diabetes support groups.

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