Aotearoa New Zealand has one of the best health systems in the world, but it is under pressure from increasing rates of preventable chronic disease.
Healthy Families NZ (HFNZ) is a new initiative that aims to bring together the right mix of leadership, encouragement, information and resources to help people make healthier choices for themselves and their whānau,” says Manager of Healthy Families Rotorua, Leanne Morehu.
Last year, Rotorua was identified as one of 10 regions across the country that would be established as a Healthy Families Community.
Since its inception, Mrs Morehu and her team have worked to ensure all the relevant organisations within our region are on board with a partnership arrangement (AWHI Rotorua) that aligns with the Collective Impact Approach being utilised to deliver Healthy Families.
Collective Impact is an approach which seeks to tackle large-scale complex social issues. It is an innovative approach to making collaboration work across government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organisations and the community with an effort to to achieve significant and long-term social change.
Partners range from local government to smaller community social service providers as well as the Department of Conservation.
In essence, Healthy Families Rotorua is tasked with supporting and enhancing current community and service provision to engage and connect where people in our community live, learn, work and play.
It takes a coordinated approach to ensure that we are aware of any gaps, as well as what is working well to address preventable chronic diseases. Understanding our community allows us to identify what other issues our whanau are dealing with which likely include a raft of social issues”.
Healthy Families Rotorua is about knowing the bigger picture around the health and wellbeing of our whānau.