The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. Creating a healthy community requires planning that weaves together access to preventive healthcare, infrastructure designed to support healthy lifestyles, an environment that encourages fitness and nutritious eating, and the use of art and culture to create a sense of place. Using this foundation and working with community stakeholders, the Healthy West Kendall (HWK) coalition seeks to create the healthiest community in Florida.
The West Kendall community is composed of approximately 390,000 residents, and its perimeter is roughly from SW 8th Street to SW 152nd Street and from west of the Turnpike expressway to Krome Avenue. In 2022 a Community Health Needs Assessment, performed in partnership with the Health Council of South Florida, revealed five priority health needs in this community. The five priority health needs for the community are:
- Access to Care
- Chronic Disease Management
- Availability of Primary Care Prevention
- Healthy Lifestyles and Wellness
- Behavioral Health