Healthy Lucas County’s Getting Healthy Zone is where coalition members are focusing their community health improvement efforts. Neighborhoods in the Getting Healthy Zone have the highest rates of health disparities.
The Getting Healthy Zone effort started as part of a pilot project funded by the Ohio Department of Health to improve infant vitality in seven urban Toledo census tracts. The pilot project was built on the Best Babies Zone approach to mobilize residents and organizational partners to address the social, structural and economic determinants of health and promote health equity. Mercy Health, Neighborhood Health Association, ProMedica, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio, and their home-visiting programs lead the pilot project.
The pilot project enhances existing efforts by these home-visiting programs to reduce preterm birth rates and low birth weight rates in the Getting Healthy Zone’s seven census tracts. More than half of the 11,372 residents in these census tracts are African American, and 78% of female residents are living below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.