September 16, 2016

An innovative program to bring health care to commuter stations

Here are three stories from communities around the U.S. that will inspire you

A check-up while waiting for the train: St. Louis recently received a $940,000 federal grant to bring health care services to MetroLink stations around the city. The initiative will bring services such as blood pressure and cholesterol tests to commuters. “People with limited access to reliable, safe transportation often miss their medical appointments, sometimes with dire consequences,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. The initiative, which will be implemented in 19 communities in 16 states, is an attempt to creatively solve this pressing issue that afflicts many areas across the country.

Hacking homelessness: Miracle of Messages is working to connect the homeless in San Francisco with loved ones who have lost touch. The company films video messages from homeless men and women and uses social media to broadcast the videos. The goal is “for the community to really drive our mission to reunite the homeless with their long-lost loved ones,” director of programs Jessica Day told the Seattle Weekly. So far, the project is off to a successful start, reuniting 15 homeless individuals with their estranged families.

It takes a village: Today, Chris Falcon is the successful owner of a personal training facility in the Chicago suburb of Glenview. But throughout his childhood, Falcon remembers being bullied. “The kids would corner me and put sand in my face,” he told Jackie Pilossoph of the Pioneer Press. “I was being beaten up and chased all recess long … I felt alone, and there were plenty of times suicide went through my head.” Now with two young boys of his own, Falcon didn’t want to see the same thing happen to his children. So he started an organization called Take No Bullying, which promotes anti-bullying through community education and prevention. Practically overnight, dozens of local business began putting up signs and stickers supporting Take No Bullying. With the help of the Glenview Chamber of Commerce, Falcon hopes to see hundreds more take up the mantle of the anti-bullying campaign. “This is an opportunity as a village,” he says, “to put it out there and declare that kids and parents belong to a community that takes no bullying.”

Scott Rodd