Building Healthier Communities Across the U.S.
Cigna and USA TODAY joined forces to present a two-part series titled “Building Healthier Communities” which took place in Houston, Texas on September 18, 2015 and in Washington, D.C. on December 4, 2015. Both forums explored new ways to improve population health and reduce health care costs.
Each event featured opening remarks by Cigna President and CEO David M. Cordani during which he focused on the three pillars that he sees as vital to decrease health care spending, including the actions that individuals can take to stay healthier and, in turn, reduce their personal health care costs. His remarks were followed by robust conversations from local and national leaders including Community Solutions, a World of Difference grantee of the Cigna Foundation, and the City of Houston, a Cigna customer.
The following videos and articles capture highlights from both forums.
The discussion in Houston focused on the cost of chronic disease, and potential solutions for combating them at the population level. For example, the City of Houston’s Go Healthy Initiative has effectively reduced health costs at a city-wide level by improving access to healthy, nutritious food and expanding access to bike lanes to improve fitness, among other things.
- Building healthier communities: A Cigna | USA TODAY forum
- Insurance, healthy behavior are key to reducing the cost of chronic disease
- Urban, rural and business communities must work together to boost health
- Communities try to make a difference through collaboration on health
- Houston tries to slim down with food, fitness
Building healthier communities: 4 simple tips
Cigna's President and CEO David Cordani offers four simple steps to keep you and your family healthy.
Building healthier communities: Diabetes is an ‘epidemic’
Health officials discuss diabetes as an American epidemic and how to combat it with community programs.
Do you live in a food desert?
A partnership between the city of Houston and community organization CAN DO Houston seeks to improve access to healthy food for residents in “food deserts,” where fast food is much easier to come by than fresh fruits and vegetables.
Houston unveils its first protected bike lane
Go Healthy Houston aims to make it easier for residents to exercise. Recently, the city unveiled its first protected bike lane, which keeps cyclists safe from car and truck traffic and makes it easier to commute.
The discussion in Washington, D.C. focused on overall population health, disparities and specific issues faced by urban populations. For instance, Rosanne Haggerty of Community Solutions, a Cigna Foundation World of Difference grantee, spoke to the importance of stable housing being the key to preserving and growing one’s health.
- USA TODAY forum examines solutions to community health problems, inequities
- Public health gets least money, but does most
- Community solutions to homelessness, violence save lives, money
Building healthier communities: 3 activities to pursue
Cigna's David Cordani says that we have a massive health burden in our country and offers three strategies to help ease that burden.
Building healthier communities: community solutions to homelessness, violence
Homelessness and violence are plagues of urban life that are as deadly as any cancer. Experts say both take as many as 25 years off your life.
Building healthier communities: Reduce health disparity
Join USA TODAY's National/Regional Health Enterprise Reporter, Laura Ungar, as she discusses ways to build healthier communities across the U.S.
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