North Philly Peace Park
Since participating in the accelerator, North Philly Peace Park founder, Tommy Caison, has made great strides in their mission to make health approachable by getting people outside, getting them to see value in their neighborhood, and modeling best practices through the community garden.
Recognized as a Healthy News Works 2019 Public Health Leader, North Philly Peace Park is an outdoor, grassroots community space that provides neighbors with fresh fruits and vegetables as well as connection to culture and each other. Since participating in the accelerator, North Philly Peace Park founder Tommy Caison has made great strides in his health mission to get people outside, get them to see value in their neighborhood and model best practices with the community garden.
Since last year, Caison has:
- Hired six fellows
- Surveyed 350 individuals about the neighborhood climate, access to healthy food, physical activity, employment education and stress Implemented new programs that promote healthy foods, self care and trauma, wellness practices and health screenings
- Worked with Vaux Community Health Center at Temple University to create after-school programming to help reduce violence among high school students
- Begun construction of the Peace Pavilion