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The Junior Health Talker Coalition and The Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center
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The Junior Health Talker Coalition and The Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center

The Junior Health Talker Legacy Project implemented a community mapping project to assess Buffalo’s neighborhoods for healthy living conditions such as pedestrian safety and options for purchasing healthy foods. Student coalition members developed proposals for neighborhood improvements that they shared with local elected officials. The Junior Health Talker Coalition is comprised of 25 high school students who participated in the Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center’s Health Education Summer Camp and completed six weeks of instruction to become Junior Health Talkers. The coalition’s mission is to educate young people about diabetes and to encourage them to advocate in their neighborhoods about how to improve their environment to live healthier lives.