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In Our Community

Partnering to strengthen the health of our community

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When we partner with communities we serve, we achieve better health.

ChristianaCare works hand-in-hand with community-based organizations on innovative programs and services that address barriers to good health. Together, we travel the journey to greater health and well-being with each individual and community.

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Supporting work and play for better health

ChristianaCare uplifts community-building work — and play — that’s helping underserved areas of Wilmington get healthier. Our recent $1 million gift to REACH Riverside Development Corporation supports the nonprofit organization’s revitalization initiative in Wilmington’s Riverside community. And our ongoing commitment to Play Streets!, a City of Wilmington summer program that provides safe places for children to play and adults to access health care resources, promotes healthier families and communities across the city.

This partnership with REACH Riverside will help the people who live and work in the Riverside community to realize their own vision for a healthy lifestyle, with better access to health activities, lively places to learn and play and caring partners who will work with them to develop solutions that meet their needs.

Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH

President & Chief Executive Officer

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With hope comes healing

When life throws punches, healing begins with hope — and ChristianaCare’s new Center for Hope and Healing at Wilmington Hospital helps people start the journey. Offering a unique, specialized blend of behavioral health and primary care services, as well as community interventions for significant social needs, the Center helps patients get healthier and prevents unnecessary hospital visits.

Community investment fund

Continuing our mission to serve our neighbors, ChristianaCare invested $1.9 million to make a healthy impact on the community through the new Community Investment Fund. The Office of Health Equity distributed 32 grants to community organizations including Project New Start, Ministry of Caring and the Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s.

$1.9 million was given in 32 grants to organizations advancing ChristianaCare’s mission to improve the health of our neighbors

We understand the challenges that our patients face, and we are here to walk with them every step of the way on the road to meeting their health goals. We are not only healing bodies and minds with excellence; we are serving souls with love.

Linda J. Lang, M.D.

Chair of the Department of Psychiatry

Meet BRENDA for breast health

BRENDA may not be a real person, but she’s still helping to save the lives of Wilmington women.
In Delaware, an aggressive form of cancer known as triple-negative breast cancer affects African-American women more than Caucasian women — 33% to 12%. A group of ChristianaCare staff and community volunteers — many inspired by their own or a loved one’s cancer journey — are fighting back with an educational program called “The Story of BRENDA.” The life-saving acronym stands for Breastfeed; Reduce consumption of alcoholic and sugary beverages; Exercise 2.5 hours each week; Nutritious food; Do not smoke; Achieve a healthy body weight.

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Reading, writing, math and health care

School is in session for Delaware kids, and so is our first elementary school-based health center. In partnership with the Red Clay School District, we are helping Wilmington children receive treatment for minor injuries and illnesses during the school day and get immunizations and health screenings in coordination with their primary care physician. In addition to the elementary age center, we also operate 19 health centers in high schools across New Castle County.

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Open wide for cancer prevention

Seniors from St. Patrick’s Community Center, a nonprofit that builds community, addresses poverty and restores hope for people on Wilmington’s East Side, visited Wilmington Hospital for oral cancer screenings. Along with the potentially life-saving free screenings, they received health information and gift bags filled with oral health supplies.

Early detection is the single most important predictive factor in favorable outcomes for oral and oropharyngeal (throat) cancers, yet only 14% of U.S. adults report ever having an oral cancer examination during the past year.

Etern S. Park, M.D., D.D.S.

Associate Program Director of the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program

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.

Diet now surpasses smoking as the number one cause of death and disease in the U.S.

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.

Why do we partner with others? FOR THE LOVE OF HEALTH TM

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