As one of two New Orleans Reading Week programs in 2014 the Building Healthy Communities in New Orleans provided students with the opportunity to learn about the multifaceted issues facing New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. Students volunteered with local organizations focused on rebuilding homes while developing understanding about what makes a healthy community. Students critically examined five social determinants of health (race, education, housing, food security and health services) and how they contribute to the vitality and vibrancy of a community.
The Food & Justice and Building Healthy Communities programs are built from the success of previous programs in New Orleans, and will have some shared programming as students live and learn in the city of New Orleans. ucalgarycares team members are selected for their enthusiasm, open attitude, and willingness to work in a team.
Read blog posts from the 2014 team.