My office has worked to develop a lens through which we view the health of our neighborhoods and have developed five pillars (or areas) of health that we can target:
- Environmental health
- Economic health
- Mental health
- Physical health
- Spiritual health
These give primary factors all contribute to a person’s overall health and the health of our community.
Nearly four years ago, my office began hosting Health and Wellness Weekend to promote the five pillars of health and healthy lifestyles in the African-American community. Each year we host a 5k to promote physical health, and to bring together members of our business community and residents of District 19. At these events, we focus on promoting mental, environmental, and spiritual health.
Within each pillar we target ways we can get positive messages out to our residents. Partnering with UPMC, my office started the Hill 365 initiative in an effort to promote healthy living every day of the year and not just during Health and Wellness weekend. This initiative works throughout the 19th District to promote activities and programs that will positively improve the health of our citizens.
I firmly believe that to improve the health of our residents and the overall health of our communities we must develop multi-faceted approaches across multiple sectors. This means helping individuals find gainful employment, increasing levels of educational attainment, providing positive outlets for youth, increasing access to fresh foods, ensuring new developments meet the highest environmental standards, and working closely with our faith based community.
I co-sponsored legislation to expand prescription drug coverage without raising taxes or increasing state spending. Still, I believe Health care is about more than medical coverage and I am committed to a holistic approach to positive affecting and changing the health of our district.
Get involved with the campaign today and help improve the health of our neighborhoods! We can only do it together.