Urban Health Initiative

The Urban Health Initiative, founded in 2011, provides health education and advocacy, builds collaborative partnerships, and develops best-practice models with underserved communities and health care providers in metropolitan Atlanta to advance equity in health and well-being.

One example of UHI's work is the Food as Medicine program, a fruit-and-vegetable prescription program that provides low-income patients who suffer from chronic disease with six weeks of nutrition education and healthy food vouchers for six months.


This project serves nearly 200 patients from four health centers in Atlanta and the region and dramatically improves health outcomes for all participants.

Food as Medicine

After working 18 years in the Secretary of State's office in Atlanta, Taffie Joseph lost her job in 2012, and with it, her health insurance. She didn't see a doctor, with the exception of a few emergency visits, for the next four years.

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Illustration of colorful vegetables and fruit.