Avondale Choice Neighborhoods is part of a $29 million federal grant awarded from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), geared toward the revitalization of the Avondale public housing community.
The Center for Closing the Health Gap, the Community Builders, Inc., the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, and the Avondale Development Corporation are all working in partnership to help the residents of five buildings achieve their goals. We, at The Center for Closing the Health Gap, are particularly working within this partnership to help the residents achieve their health goals through advocacy, education, and outreach.
We are helping to ignite the health conversation and allow residents to be empowered to make healthier lifestyle changes through multiple events. In our seven-week Nutrition Train the Trainer series, residents are able to learn the basics of nutrition, how to stretch the dollar, information about food safety—and more—while also getting to experience hands-on cooking demonstrations. In addition, we are hosting multiple screenings of the documentary Soul Food Junkies which serves as a spark to ignite the dialogue around health and how we are affected by our food choices.
Additionally, The Health Gap is planning to host physical activity demonstrations to allow the residents to explore different options of fitness and learn how easy and fun it can be! In the fall, Choice residents will have the opportunity to participate in Community Engagement Academy, learning how to be an advocate for change and find their leadership voice.
The Health Gap is only one of multiple sectors involved in the efforts to help Choice residents reach their goals, in which we will help connect them to health and making positive lifestyle changes not only they can learn, but they can teach to others.