Friends for good health
For many Delawareans, overwhelming obstacles block the path to good health. Stresses of poverty and other related inequities — including lack of access to affordable, healthy food and safe, affordable housing — can cause health problems and prevent people from seeking or following through on care when illness arises. Our Community Health Workers guide patients and families through health, social and community services available to help break down barriers to becoming and staying healthy. Offering a unique combination of emotional and practical support, our community health workers are part of the communities they serve, and are more peer than provider.
An Rx for carrots
Delaware’s fields grow a bounty of fruits, vegetables and grains. Yet, many Delaware residents can’t access or afford fresh produce essential to a healthy diet. ChristianaCare’s Produce Rx, a partnership with Central Baptist Church’s Urban Acres community-owned farm stand in Wilmington, makes healthy foods accessible and affordable by providing patients a “prescription” voucher to shop at Urban Acres. With diet surpassing smoking as the number one cause of death and disease in the U.S., offering our neighbors options for healthy eating is more than delicious, it’s lifesaving.