About Us: Goals & Information
The overall mission of HNON is to bring engaged residents and leaders from all sectors (government, transportation, education, etc.) together in an ongoing way which facilitates mutual partnership, community health norming to advance policy, environmental change, infrastructure development and community capacity development. In support of that mission, HNON intends to and is already providing, to a growing degree, a broad range of community data and implementation guidance, tools, technical assistance and other resources to New Orleans neighborhoods recovering from decades of community disparities so as to enable residents to build a sustainable community of healthy neighborhoods and a culture of health and equity.
- New Orleans has had the recent the opportunities to not only recover from disasters, but to make the systemic changes for improving social equity, population health and resiliency of the community on a strategic basis.
- Healthy neighborhoods are those which address the broad determinants of health that impact health, independence and well-being.
- Healthy neighborhoods are those where the residents have deliberate process and organization to stay aware of their status of health and well-being and to routinely prioritize evidence-based interventions to improve the status and implement the interventions in collective action.
- A healthy community must align all of its assets: human, built environment, non-profit and faith-based, governmental and marketplace. Thus, this healthy neighborhood plan must be in alignment with all other aspects of recovery and implementation.
- The most impacting changes are those that change the social “structure” and systems through policy change, environmental change, social norming and development of community capacity for services.
NOTE: The website is fundamentally a set of complimentary, interactive functions. Its initial content is offered to launch the functions. The fullest exchange of data and other content over time will expand and improve and would be best achieved through a community data/resource “commons” informed by community public and private partners from all sectors of the community.
- Overview of the broad drivers of community health and the power of locally engaged people to make informed measurable changes to create healthy and resilient neighborhoods. These changes relate to changes in their environment, public and organizational policies, personal and collective behaviors, resource allocations, and community capacity for services.
- Over 120 Data metrics across domains of health, social, economic, education, environmental, and transportation with benchmarks presented as values and “gauges”
- Mapping of dozens of data metrics for a community-wide “picture” of distribution of factors and point mapping of neighborhood components of a healthy or unhealthy neighborhood, such as locations of clinics, child day care, groceries, libraries, farmers markets, fast food outlets
- Over 1500 “Promising Practices”: one page abstracts of model experience/evidenced-based community success stories from across the country to inspire and inform residents
- Tools and guides to support more detailed planning and implementation of neighborhood health interventions
- Local and national organizations that play a role in the community in support of specific healthy community activities, such as getting farmers markets or setting up obesity control program.
- Collaboration tool composed of ability, upon HNON program approval, to import any content into neighborhood page and ability to upload primary data or audio/visuals and to do project coordination.
- Topic center function allows user to find all content that relates to key topics