HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) – Officials with the Aetna Foundation along with the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties have selected Perry County to participate in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge.
Spearheaded by Dr. Frances Hardin-Fanning, Ph.D., RN and professor at the University of Louisville, the initiative will provide a $100,000 grant in order to address food insecurity and healthy eating within the county. Hardin-Fanning is also a member of Perry County’s Food & Faith Coalition, stating that Hazard’s “grassroots” and advocacy played a large factor in its selection.
“You have people who live in the community who are very much aware of the issues as well as the resources,” Hardin-Fanning said. “And (they) have the answers to the solutions that we can come up with.”
The goals of the project are as follows:
- Conduct root cause analyses of food insecurity issues
- Increase food security screening
- Implement strategies to increase donations of healthy foods
- Coordinate existing food security services
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