Everyone is thinking a little bit more about their health nowadays. Even the excitement of the LPGA’s return to tournament play this week at the Inverness Club in Toledo, OH, for the LPGA Drive On Championship brings with it frequent hand-washing, face masks, and a new collaboration with the not-for-profit organization ProMedica.
The Toledo-based group’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of everyone in the communities across the 28 states they serve. But this extends beyond what medical professionals can do to keep people healthy.
According to their website, “When most people think of health care, they tend to think of clinical and medical care. Yet this only accounts for 20% of a person’s health and well-being. The 80% includes the physical environment, social and economic factors, and health behaviors that drive health.”
The other 80% they are describing are called Social Determinants of Health, which include things like reliable access to food, housing, transportation, and employment. ProMedica has found that access to these essential resources can result in life expectancies that vary up to 22 years from one zip code to the next.
During the LPGA Drive On Championship, many players out on the course will be wearing green ribbons to bring awareness to Social Determinants of Health and encouraging donations to the ProMedica Impact Fund, which will help enact change within communities most affected.
The collaboration embodies the spirit of the LPGA’s #DriveOn campaign, which spreads the message of persevering in order to lay the groundwork for a better future for everyone, a message that directly aligns with ProMedica’s mission. The tournament this week will serve as a preview of what’s to come next year for the 2021 Solheim Cup, of which ProMedica is a sponsor.