To recognize the significance of Urban Health Partnerships’ 10-year anniversary, Mayor Daniella Levine-Cava presented UHP with a proclamation designating September 14 as Urban Health Partnerships 10th Anniversary Day. View the proclamation here.
Dr. Andrea Iglesias, CEO/Executive Director of UHP shared, “UHP’s mission has never been so relevant, important, and impactful. We believe that everyone has the right to a healthy life and UHP has worked tirelessly for the last 10 years to make that a reality. The most exciting part is knowing that we have only just begun.”
Urban Health Partnerships (UHP) has distinguished itself in its leadership in collective impact initiatives and by emphasizing community empowerment and integration toward health and well-being. On September 14, 2011, Anamarie Ferreira de Melo and Isabel Rovira co-founded the organization with the vision that real, sustainable change could only occur through long-term investment, community-driven approaches, and a commitment to health equity. This date marks the 10th anniversary of Urban Health Partnerships’ founding in Miami-Dade County.
The UHP team consists of a multidisciplinary staff that brings a unique lens to improving community health through integrating their passion and expertise in public and mental health, engineering and transportation, and community development. UHP mobilizes communities and governments toward health equity and sets itself apart through community-driven leadership and engagement in its innovative initiatives: Healthy Streets and Public Spaces, Age-friendly Communities for Longevity, Food Access, Security, and Justice, and Building a Culture of Health Equity. During the COVID-19 pandemic, UHP has played a critical role in increasing awareness about COVID-19 testing, vaccines, and resources. UHP partnered with Miami-Dade County and the Health Foundation of South Florida on the I Did It! Campaign and provided outreach and coordination in the Overtown community.
Throughout every project, UHP focuses on policy, systems, and environmental changes to transform communities and ensure that community members, especially those who have been historically disenfranchised, have opportunities to be healthy and have a good quality of life. UHP has led, managed, and/or greatly supported health and equity initiatives throughout Miami-Dade County, such as the Miami-Dade County Age-Friendly Initiative, the Activate Overtown Initiative, the Safe Streets Summit, Little Havana on the Move, Get Moving Miami Gardens, and many others.
There are many ways to help celebrate and support UHP, including donating $10 to celebrate 10 years of UHP, supporting UHP on Give Miami Day from November 15-18, 2021, and through other fundraising initiatives found on the support page here. As a nonprofit organization, your support can help UHP continue its work with residents, governments, and organizations to make sure we all have access to opportunities to be healthy. For more information on Urban Health Partnerships, services offered, opportunities to partner, and more, please visit urbanhp.org.