Membership supports this ongoing work as the hub of health work in our communities. Additionally, members receive the opportunity to serve on action committees. These programs can double as a way to encourage your employees to be involved in community volunteer work!
For more information about how to get involved in these programs, please email Sheena Helgenberger.
We partner with the Douglas, Sarpy/Cass, and Pottawattamie Health Departments, with support from the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA), United Way of the Midlands, and the University of Nebraska Omaha’s College of Public Health, to address health as a region and to place residents at the center of this work. Together, this group of public and private organizations are listening to residents, businesses, organizations, schools, faith communities, and elected officials to understand the most pressing health needs and to activate a strategic and regional response that 1) places residents as co-creators and leaders of the work, 2) holds common goals across the counties and lifts up unique work needed for each community, and 3) shares leadership and governance to ensure that the strength of each county is leveraged for greater impact.
Partners for Healthy Schools (PHS) brings together service professionals quarterly to share resources, data, and opportunities around school wellness. Programs and resources from this group are reflected in our printable Youth Wellness Resource Guide, which we encourage everyone to download and share.
Schools are a hub for health. Nearly half of all students walked or biked to school in 1969. Today, only 14% of Omaha students actively commute. Safe Routes to School is part of our effort to engage with schools and the community in order to promote healthy families.
Contact Sheena Helgenberger for more info.
Safe Routes to Healthy Places connects residents with safe routes to local assets such as schools, housing developments, parks, community centers, health clinics, and grocery stores.
Safe Routes to Healthy Places encourages increased physical activity through safer active transportation, promotes walking, bicycling, or other forms of active transportation among individuals and families, and educates the community and improves the built environment to create more pedestrian-friendly spaces.
Food is our fuel and also a comfort. In fact, sharing food together is how we connect with our family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. In the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area, nearly 101,000 people (12.5%) do not consistently know where their next meal will come from.
To address this issue, more than 70 partners from across the three-county Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area came together to produce “Healthy Food for All – A Community Food Security Plan” for Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties. From this plan, Share Our Table was created by the partners as a welcoming, uniting, and open table to leverage strengths for shared action across the region to implement key strategies in that plan that address food security.
Contact Sheena Helgenberger for information about community work groups!