December 2005

Market-Based Organizations Help Create Top 100 Communities

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Kevin Ripp (far right) and other young people met retired general Colin Powell at a Washington, D.C., celebration recognizing the "100 Best Communities for Young People" honored by America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth. Kevin is a member of the Youth Advisory Board of Buffalo County Community Partners of Kearney, Neb.

Two of Catholic Health Initiatives' market-based organizations directly contributed to their communities being listed among "100 Best Communities for Young People" by America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth.

The America's Promise Alliance, founded by retired general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, is a broad-based alliance whose members work together to ensure the well-being of children and youth.

Market-based organizations that actively support the America's Promise Alliance in their communities include Good Samaritan Health Systems, Kearney, Neb., as a member of the Buffalo County Community Partners; and Franciscan Health System, Tacoma, Wash., a supporter of Lakewood's Promise in Lakewood, Wash.

The "100 Best" communities, ranging from small towns to urban neighborhoods, were honored for their commitment to providing healthy, safe and caring environments for young people. Additional "100 Best" communities served by Catholic Health Initiatives' organizations include Little Rock, Ark.; Denver, Colo.; Nampa, Idaho; Des Moines, Iowa; Lexington, Ky.; Louisville, Ky.; Baltimore, Md.; and Albuquerque, NM.