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, and Spiritual health.
Nearly six years ago, my office began hosting our annual Health and Wellness Weekend to promote these 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.
We’re always working to get positive messages about all the pillars of health out to our residents. In partnership 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 Healthcare is about more than medical coverage and I am committed to a holistic approach to positively affect and change 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.