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Healthy Savannah, YMCA work to improve pedestrian safety as more students walk to school

Nearly 70% of Savannah’s paved streets lack sidewalks. On average, 168 pedestrians are hit by vehicles in the city every year due to the lack of pedestrian and cyclist-friendly infrastructure. Healthy Savannah and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia are leading an initiative that will identify safety barriers such as a lack of sidewalks, cracked pavement, and inaccessible intersections in 12 communities. “There are some places that…

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$50,000 Awarded to Healthy Savannah for Health + Wellness Transformation in Eastside Neighborhood

Unique partnership with Live Oak Landing developer W.H.Gross Construction may become model for other communities. (SAVANNAH, GA) After three years of planning and development, a unique project is revitalizing areas of Eastside Savannah, with a goal of transforming one of the most neglected areas of the city into a desirable neighborhood with 100% occupancy. Healthy Savannah has been awarded a $50,000 grant made possible by tax…

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Healthy Savannah, YMCA seek community input for vaccine awareness through open forum

Healthy Savannah and the YMCA of Coastal Georgia are hosting public listening sessions to discuss COVID-19 vaccine awareness and acceptance. The first two sessions were held in early June. Participants were asked to share their thoughts about the vaccine and whether or not they were considering getting the shot. They will host their third event in the series the week of July 12. Email elsie@healthySavannah.org to learn more and find out…

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Healthy Savannah & YMCA of Coastal GA Receive $544K For COVID-19 Vaccine Initiatives

Healthy Savannah and YMCA of Coastal Georgia have been awarded $544,000 in supplemental grant funding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The funds will be used to broaden the initiatives of the current Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant to focus on COVID-19 vaccine education, awareness, and acceptance. “Our goal in administering this funding is to promote activities that support acceptance…

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Savannah Nonprofit Expands Victories with Voices for Healthy Kids Grants

Savannah, Georgia, with its centuries-old architecture and cobblestone-paved streets, is known for its rich history. And it’s that storied past that motivates some public health and racial equity advocates to make history of their own.  “I always say we are a social movement, not a program or a project,” explained Paula Kreissler, who lives in Savannah. “To have a culture of health in our community, it…

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Healthy Savannah celebrates at its annual meeting

Healthy Savannah celebrated 14 years of milestones and installed new officers at the organization’s annual meeting on May 18 at the Charles H. Morris Center. The public-private coalition launched by former Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson in 2007 also renewed its commitment to create and support a healthier, safer, and more accessible environment for all people to live, learn, work, pray, and play. Since its inception, Healthy…

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