Committed to implement a new Transforming Communities Initiative that will provide grants for communities to reduce tobacco use, lower childhood obesity rates, support early childhood health and wellness and improve access to nutrition and physical activity opportunities.View Partner
“Trinity Health launched Transforming Communities Initiatives (TCI) in 2016, as an innovative funding model emphasizing policy, system and environmental (PSE) change strategies as key drivers to reduce tobacco use and childhood obesity, as well as address social influencers of health.
"TCI includes eight awarded sites: Fresno, CA; Hartford, CT; Boise, ID; Silver Spring, MD; Trenton, NJ; Maywood, IL; Springfield, MA; and Syracuse, NY.
"Tobacco 21 policies were passed impacting two communities: state-wide in Massachusetts and Hartford, CT. To date, seven state, county and/or local Tobacco 21 policies have passed impacting more than 2.2M youth through TCI efforts.
"In New Jersey, legislation was passed defining breastfeeding as a civil right and requires that employers make reasonable accommodations within workplace settings for mothers to express milk. Ancillary pieces of legislation exempted breast pumps and equipment from sales tax and set standards for breast milk banks.
"In Idaho, legislation passed to protect breastfeeding mothers from indecent exposure and obscenity laws. Idaho is the final state in the U.S. to protect women breastfeeding publicly.
"PSE work within specific schools has impacted close to 22,000 students at 41 schools. PSE work at the district level strengthened or implemented wellness policies with the potential impact of approximately 260,000 students in 391 schools across 8 districts.
"Lastly, seven TCI communities continued and/or expanded their work to address community food access using community based strategies to increase the availability of healthy produce and raise awareness about how to acquire, prepare, and consume healthy foods. Examples include farm stands or farmers’ markets, community gardens/urban agriculture, healthy corner stores and food recovery gleaning from local farms.
"Overall, sites made progress in carrying out their action plans. Trinity Health and technical assistance continue to provide individualized support.”