Healthier Together Initiative
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) commitment to improve the health of children extends beyond the walls of our hospital and 60-plus CHOP Care Network locations.
Why? When it comes to a child’s overall health, medical care accounts for only about 20% of the factors that have an impact. That means that up to 80% of a child’s health is linked to behaviors (like exercise, diet and smoking), socioeconomic factors (income and education) and environmental factors (housing and community safety). Collectively, these nonmedical factors are called the social determinants of health.
Healthier Together, launched in 2019, is CHOP’s initiative to tackle the social determinants of health as a path to improving the health of children. We know we can’t do this work alone — Healthier Together will partner with community groups, nonprofits and government agencies to learn from each other and multiply the impact of the work.
We're dedicating resources to accelerate our impact in the community. Keep an eye on our website for updates.
Healthier Together’s approach and investments are guided by five principles:
- West/Southwest Philadelphia focused: Concentrate efforts in three zip codes in West and Southwest Philadelphia (19104, 19139, 19143)
- Improving health — Evidence-based programs with a proven record of reducing health disparities and improving child health by addressing social determinants
- Community informed — Partner with residents and community organizations, including participation in oversight/governance meetings, and outreach for program development
- Collaborating with partners — Join forces with equally committed partners; use data and metrics to improve programs and measure success, and identify ongoing funding opportunities
- Growing the local economy — Purchase goods and services from local companies that value a diverse workforce and provide meaningful work opportunities to underrepresented members of our community