For many years, health programs have focused on individual behavior, assuming that if you teach people what will make them healthy, they will find a way to do it. Unfortunately, being healthy goes beyond making individual choices. Every day we learn more about the direct connection between place and health. The places we live, work, learn, worship, play, or receive health care should be Healthy HotSpots that provide practical, readily available options that make healthy living easier.
Policy, systems and environmental (PSE) changes can help to create these Healthy HotSpots. Not one agency alone can advance PSE change; it requires everyone working together. In suburban Cook County, Healthy HotSpot partnerships are leading a movement to create healthy, vibrant places that will make all of suburban Cook County a Healthy HotSpot, one spot at a time. By changing laws and shaping physical landscapes, a big impact can be made with little time and resources. These changes further support communities in tackling major health concerns like chronic diseases including heart disease, obesity, and diabetes and other issues such as emergency preparedness.
Learn more about our partnerships and find Healthy HotSpots in your community using the Spot map.
Partnerships for Healthy Eating & Active Living
Partnerships for healthy eating and active living are building Healthy HotSpots that prevent and reduce obesity and other chronic conditions.
Partnerships for Tobacco-Free Living
Partnerships for tobacco-free living are building Healthy HotSpots that prevent and reduce tobacco use.
Partnerships for A Prepared Cook County
Partnerships for a Prepared Cook County have established Medical Reserve Corps who are willing to assist during public health emergencies.