Communities Creating Healthy Environment grantee Freedom, Inc. engages low- to no-income communities of color in Dane County, Wisconsin. Their focus is on ending violence against wimmin folks, gender non-conforming folks, and young folks, to promote healthier living. Freedom, Inc creates healthy communities by organizing against the root causes of violence, creating new definitions and solutions of identity and resiliency, and empowering all community members as agents of change. Their vision for ending violence is to inspire and restore power of those most affected through leadership development and community organizing, in ways that are language-gender-generation and culture-specific to wimmin, gender non-conforming, and youth, in African American and Southeast Asian families– that bring about deep social, political, cultural, and economic change.
Through the Health Justice Project, Freedom, Inc. is working to build and sustain healthy neighborhoods in Madison. The Project is working to address the structural inequalities that have caused large disparities in health outcomes– e.g. obesity (65% Hmong teens are obese) and diabetes by increasing access to affordable nutritious and culturally appropriate food.
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