Abstract

People Improving the Community's Health (PITCH) uses teams of community health workers to provide targeted outreach, to enroll those eligible in health coverage plans, to provide information and linkages to health and social support services, and to engage community members in community improvement activities. The initiative is based on the assumption that communities must work on the determinants of health and effectively mobilize all their assets to improve not only individual health, but also community health. Developed with support from the Kellogg Foundation's Community Voices Initiative, PITCH addresses intertwined public health concerns about access to health care and community health improvement. Outcomes of PITCH include increased enrollment in health coverage plans as well as increased participation in community improvement activities. The PITCH initiative helps community members work together to unleash the enormous power for change that emerges when people connect to one another, thereby tapping the knowledge, skills, and resources of community members and institutions alike.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-6869
Print ISSN
1049-2089
Pages
pp. 16-25
Launched on MUSE
2006-02-16
Open Access
No
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