Mayor Emanuel’s First 100 Days Call for a Healthier Chicago

Waiting Room In his first 100 days, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to make a “Healthy Chicago.” Commissioner of Health, Dr. Bechara Choucair presented highlights of the plan and described the role stakeholders can play to assist in implementing the goals and objectives of the initiative.     Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is implementing the comprehensive plan to increase efforts in the next 5 years around existing policies and programs and implement new strategies to make Chicago a healthier place for every neighborhood, with an emphasis on:
  • Tobacco Use
  • Obesity Prevention
  • HIV Prevention
  • Adolescent Health
  • Cancer Disparities
  • Heart Disease & Stroke
  • Access to Health Care
  • Healthy Mothers & Babies
  • Communicable Disease Control & Prevention
  • Healthy Homes
  • Violence Prevention
  • Public   Health Infrastructure
Health Disparities plague many of our communities such as, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, diabetes, nutrition, obesity and maternal and infant health. The initiative will work with partners from faith, education, business, community-based organizations, health care providers and other public health partners to set measurable targets, set policy, programmatic and educational and public awareness strategies.   Click here to learn more about health disparities in your community. The timing could not have been better as United Way gears up to launch Live United 2020 in early September. The goals of United Way align well with the new direction of CDPH as we continue to build on our existing efforts in Income, Education and Health focusing our investments in areas of greatest need.   United Way will mobilize community stakeholders to bring about community level changes, resulting in greater community impact within our partner communities both in the city and suburban communities.   United Way has strong partnerships, such as one with the Cook County Public Health Department, which works towards creating healthy environments by making systems and policy changes at the local and national  level. So, we are excited and hope you are well informed to now join the effort to make Chicago a healthy place to live, play and work.

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