The Root Cause Coalition is pleased to announce that Generate Health has been awarded The Coalition’s Inaugural Health Justice Award.
Launched this year, the Health Justice Award recognizes organizations that have successfully implemented a program or intervention to reduce health disparities. This marks a new and significant way for the Coalition to elevate the efforts of an organization doing critical work to address the social determinants of health and related gaps in health outcomes.
Generate Health will receive $25,000 from The Root Cause Coalition to continue their vital FLOURISH initiative across St. Louis, Missouri and will be formally recognized at this year’s National Summit.
Generate Health’s FLOURISH is a cross-sector initiative that has brought together community members impacted by racial inequities with key sectors, including healthcare, social service organizations, business, and education to address St. Louis’ infant mortality crisis and eliminate racial disparities in infant mortality by 2033. Among the many activities undertaken by FLOURISH, the program provides education and resources, such as portable cribs and wearable blankets, to new parents to help reduce the risk of unsafe sleep and unintended infant death. Efforts have also focused on advocating for improved housing conditions and engagement and mobilization of residents, local government, elected officials, and managed care payors to hold the St. Louis Housing Authority accountable for implementing improvements and ensuring a healthy living environment.
FLOURISH’s resident mobilization led to the St. Louis City Health Department inspecting and citing the St. Louis Housing Authority for poor living conditions, enrolling nearly 900 residents in a Medicaid managed care plan, and initiated an investigation by the Missouri Attorney General of the Housing Authority’s practices that assisted in the implementation of a new online system of requesting property maintenance. Through its community-led investment portfolio, FLOURISH has invested $1.4 million through its Community Mobilization and Innovation fund to more than40 local organizations to address the impacts of the social determinants of health.