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Tips for Building Awareness

Understanding the complexities behind the issues our communities face can help us begin to find solutions. Here are 2 tips to get started.

01 October 2023

Written by Public Spirit

An impactful way to start making change in our communities is by taking the time to listen, learn, and educate ourselves. Read on for a few topics you can dig into today.

#1 ADOPT A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF THOSE WHO ARE UN-HOUSED

It can be difficult to fully understand something if we’ve never experienced it personally. That’s okay; we will not all have the same life experiences or be able to resonate with someone else’s lived experience. However, we can take the time to educate ourselves to understand someone’s situation better and approach it with even more compassion.

A major challenge in many communities is what many call homelessness. Often due to lacking and disconnected social systems, our communities face an issue that is typically misunderstood and mismanaged.

If you have some time to spare, we recommend watching this video by Community Solutions to learn about the systemic issues that lead to homelessness and what steps forward might look like. The good news: homelessness can be solved, and they're setting out to prove this.

#2 LEARN ABOUT “HEALTHY FOOD PRESCRIPTIONS” AND HOW THEY HELP LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS:

We’re all thinking about the cost of groceries—and thankfully, programs like About Fresh are thinking about it, too. About Fresh aims to make healthy food more accessible with innovative “healthy food prescriptions.”

If healthy food prescriptions are new to you, let’s break it down. They act as a debit card that helps exclusively purchase healthy produce at local grocery stores. Unlike federal food programs that don’t stretch far enough for fresh produce, these food prescriptions can be a game-changer for establishing healthy habits in low-income households.

Organizations like About Fresh are improving the health of our communities today, tomorrow, and for years to come by taking a simple approach to what’s traditionally been seen as a complex problem.

Here's an article about how this innovative new approach is helping to create healthier communities. 

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