The Long Branch Health Enterprise Zone has changed its name to Healthy Long Branch and has become a pathway to pacesetter community within the Institute for Health Care Improvement’s 100 Million Healthier Lives Campaign.This represents a stronger commitment to addressing the social determinants of health. Public health research has documented social factors, such as the quality of neighborhoods, housing, social connections and supports, economic opportunity, and education are the main drivers of health. Although healthcare access and quality are important, it doesn’t determine whether people are getting sick in the first place. And treating illness won’t be very effective if patients are always in circumstances that cause poor health. Healthy Long Branch will make a greater emphasis on addressing the social determinants at the community level.
In August Healthy Long Bra