Regional Health on Business Matters
In case you missed it — Tony Iannelli’s Business Matters featured a lively discussion on the regional health department last month. Lehigh County Commissioners Percy Dougherty and Andy Roman and Northampton County Council members Bruce Gilbert and Ron Angle (via phone) contributed their thoughts on the effort to establish a Lehigh Valley Health Department.
Some highlights from the program:
- While Council member Bruce Gilbert expressed his worries about the costs of a regional department, he stressed that, currently, the areas outside of Allentown and Bethlehem in the Lehigh Valley were significantly underrepresented and that this was a worry.
- Commissioner Andy Roman — a self-proclaimed fiscal conservative and small government proponent — stated that “government should be limited to doing certain things, with public health and safety being number one.”
- Commissioner Percy Dougherty stated that public health problems “don’t stop at the borders of Allentown and Bethlehem; if the Lehigh Valley has a pandemic, it will be Valley-wide.”
Percy’s comments underscore the point that public health concerns do not stop at municipal borders. The spread of communicable disease does not stop at a city line. Moreover, the residents and workers of the Lehigh Valley regularly travel across municipal lines within the Lehigh Valley and shouldn’t have to worry about severe disparities in services within the region.
Check out the video at WFMZ and post any thoughts you may have below. If you’re interested in learning more about the effort to establish a regional health department, visit RenewLV’s Regional Health Initiative page and consider signing up as a supporter on our Join Us page (making sure to check the box next to ‘Health’).