For over seven years, Hazelwood Initiative has been involved in health outreach. In collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, HI helped create Hazelwood Initiative Healthy Outreach Promoting Empowerment HI HOPE. HI opened a community outreach center to provide health education and advocacy to medically and socially underserved families. In October 2001, the PA Department of Health awarded HI HOPE official community health partnership status under the State Health Improvement Plan.
HI HOPE is dedicated to improving the general health and well-being of the Greater Hazelwood Community by eliminating barriers in access to health and human services through education, outreach, and advocacy, and by promoting healthy lifestyles.
The vision is to positively impact health, well-being, and self sufficiency of Greater Hazelwood residents. In the future, all residents of the Greater Hazelwood community will receive the appropriate health care and human services they need in comfortable, accessible, and impartial settings.
Critical Community Need addressed by HI HOPE:
Lack of communication concerning health resources available within the community
Need for more health education within the community for all ages
Need to increase senior citizen participation in programs offered within the community
Lack of access to mental health services
Need for better transportation services
Lack of dental services located within the community