Collective Vision: Promoting Leadership, Partnership, and Opportunities to Improve Health in Greater Hazelwood


  • Lisa Ripper Duquesne University Center for Integrative Health
  • Michelle Figlar The Heinz Endowments
  • Tim Smith Center of Life
  • Jerome Gloster Primary Care Health Services, Inc.
  • Chad Dorn Vice President of Community Impact and Evaluation, Leading to Movement
  • Jennifer Padden Elliott Director of the Duquesne University Center for Integrative Health, Ed and Karen Fritzky Family Chair in Integrative Medicine and Wellbeing, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, Duquesne University



partnership, collaborative, health, wellness, community health


Greater Hazelwood, a neighborhood located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, saw a decline in residents, businesses, and services at the decline of the steel industry.  Residents, philanthropic organizations, advocates, health centers, schools, universities, and community-based organizations continue to collaborate to revitalize the Greater Hazelwood neighborhood.  Duquesne University Center for Integrative Health was engaged by a place-based grantmaking strategy in Greater Hazelwood to explore the creation of a collaborative partnership between universities, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), schools, residents, and community-based organizations to improve access to comprehensive and quality healthcare in Greater Hazelwood.  This collaborative designed health and wellness programs based on community-identified health priorities to improve health outcomes. These programs provide opportunities to for multi-sector partners and interdisciplinary health professionals to meet residents where they are, decrease disease disparity, and promote health equity.


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