Neighborhood Health

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Post By: Molly Hover, Upstream Research Marketing Manager

The adage, ‘Be the change you want to see,’ can be taken literally when it comes to where you live as well. We can improve our neighborhoods by noticing the warning signs of an unhealthy neighborhood or self-evaluating our community’s health. At the same time, we can also be proactive in finding ways to better our community health and security.

Assessing a neighborhood’s health may be as simple as observing what is happening in the neighborhood. Do there seem to be an unusual amount of people sick within a small area? Has the crime increased? What are the surrounding schools and houses like (upkeep, attendance, etc)? This can include anything from indoor air pollution (smoking, onset of asthma, lead dust or paint), outdoor air pollution (traffic congestion, respiratory infections, climate), or water pollution (urban runoff, sewage overflows, agriculture). 

Community members can take control of their local situation and have an impact on the greater environment as well. Starting a community urban garden, petitioning for city’s interference in pollution of any kind, and joining or forming public and neighborhood health groups that promote healthy and sustainable neighborhoods.




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