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Healthy Communities

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Demanding healthy communities has become a battle cry in Memphis. As a city, we understand at the core of happiness, economic development and success is a population of healthy citizens. Recent years have seen a confluence of corporate, non-profit and community actions all directed at a single-goal: making Memphis healthy. And the communal work is not coindidence, because it takes everyone's involvement to create a healthy environment. True community health means access to quality healthcare, fresh foods and safe outdoor space. We are working together to design our city – our buildings, neighborhoods, communities – to make healthy living an easy choice.



Healthy Communities Features

Siblings Glenn and Gerry Butler were placed together in foster care after their mother passed away in 2012.

Years of system-wide reform results in massive turnaround for Tennessee’s child welfare system

Sixteen years later, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is free of federal court oversight and now has a thoroughly reformed foster care system, after meeting nearly 140 benchmarks set out by the Brian A. settlement.

Over 100 people gathered at Martyr Park and marched down Riverside Drive to Beale Street in order to create visibility around the impact the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids have had on the Latin American immigrant population in Memphis.

ICE Storm: Immigration officers target Latino families; worry Shelby County Schools

The flurry of arrests made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the past week drew the attention of Shelby County Schools, which worries that undocumented parents will not enroll their children in the next school year out of fear of deportation. 

Local leaders from the Muslim community assist at the Thistle & Bee farm.

Sound & Color: MLGW hoax, 1968 sanitation workers speak out

Audio coverage brings Memphis events and neighborhoods to life. For more multimedia content, subscribe the High Ground News Sound & Color newsletter.

The boarded up storefront on Vance Avenue near Danny Thomas Boulevard most recently served as a corner store.

Unbanked: The high cost of doing business in ZIP 38126

"If I drive in South Memphis, or North Memphis or Frayser, I see more pawn shops, more payday loans than anything. If I drive in Germantown, if I drive in Cordova, you have to have a magnifying glass to see one. They flash across the TV screens here. It's more in our neighborhood than other neighborhoods."

Quincy Foster, a LAUNCH graduate, captures moments while at work during a wedding.

Entrepreneurship promotes community development in South Memphis

Advance Memphis can't repair decades of disinvestment, generational poverty and community decline, but the nonprofit can set ZIP 38126 on the right path by connecting entrepreneurs with resources to start their own businesses. 
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