Creating Healthier Communities
Yesterday’s interview with Gerald Barron touched upon an important role of a public health department – the shaping of a community’s physical design with the goal of promoting healthier lifestyles. One example that was mentioned by Gerry was that of neighborhood designs that encourage exercise. This point – the link between public health and development – is directly related to the final piece of the Revitalizing Older Cities Initiative, launched by the Northeast Midwest Institute (NMWI).
The leaders at NMWI realized that urban vitality depends heavily on the health of the citizens living in the older communities. The planning of a community involves looking into factors such as walkability, access to a variety of transit options, and environmental design. A public health department can serve as a bridge between the health of the citizens and new developments.
Yesterday’s interview highlighted the many essential roles of a public health department. And it seems that another reason exists that will have a direct impact on this region. The establishment of a Lehigh Valley Health Department will be an important piece of the effort to revitalize the older communities here in the Lehigh Valley.
To join the effort to revitalize the Lehigh Valley’s core communities, visit RenewLV’s Join Us page to become a supporter.