Committee - Health


In order to promote community health which is the intersection of public health, preventive medicine, school health, and self-care the city must commit to continuously assessing the impact of all policies and programs on racial and ethnic health disparities. This will include integrated approaches, evidence-based programs and best practices to reduce these disparities. Health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations. Greater emphasis must be made to ensure lead, infant mortality, opioid addiction, mental health and reproductive health are addressed. This includes using the Healthy People 2020 goals to ensure that all Clevelanders are able to:

Attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death.

  1. Create a lead safe registry modeling the city of Toledo and increase community education about lead poisoning.

  2. Address the disproportionate rates of infant mortality in the African-American and Hispanic community through enhanced funding of community organizations implementing evidence-based approaches

  3. Focus the city on diminishing opioid addiction epidemic, treating addiction as a health condition rather than a criminal offense and with the city ensuring universal access to treatment

  4. Ensure access to reproductive health services and paid maternity leave in the city

  5. Create east and westside mental health crisis units (St. Vincent’s??)

  6. Address the food insecure areas of the city 

  7. work to achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups.

  8. Create social and physical environments that promote good health for all.

  9. Promote quality of life, healthy development, and healthy behaviors across all life stages.

  10. Assure full implementation of medical marijuana access in our city.

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