Tag: CityHealth

When Partnerships Improve Health: How San Antonio’s Mayor and Health Commissioner Implemented CityHealth Policies Together

When we talk about partnerships that truly impact health, we think of leaders like San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and his health commissioner, Dr. Colleen Bridger. Mayor Nirenberg and Dr. Bridger embraced the tools and resources of our CityHealth initiative to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco age to 21; expand access to high-quality… Read more »

How Pre-K Programs Can Lead to Better Health Outcomes

By Catherine Patterson My first job out of college was as a Head Start teacher. I had a classroom full of 20 three-year-olds, and I’m not afraid to admit (now) that I had NO IDEA what I was doing. I was the very definition of “fake it till you make it” that first year. Thankfully,… Read more »

Public Health a Winner in 2018 Elections

By Catherine D. Patterson, MPP In states and cities across the nation last week, Americans voted “yes” for public health – passing ballot initiatives that have the potential to improve community health through housing, education, financial security, and other areas. As I was leaving my local polling place, a reporter from the Wall Street Journal… Read more »

Public Health on the Ballot: A Review of Local Initiatives

By Catherine D. Patterson, MPP I love to vote. I remember going to vote with my mom as a kid. We’d wait in line, get her ballot, and then cram into one of those make-shift booths behind a flimsy curtain. I’d watch her fill in each oval, curious about the hushed tone that lay over… Read more »

Five Scary (But Preventable) Health Problems

With Halloween coming soon, watch out for these scary health problems — and see how city policies can make them better or worse! 1.SICK COWORKERS Paid sick leave laws reduce the spread of contagious illnesses, increase employment, and save cities money in healthcare costs. 2. UNSAFE RESTAURANT FOOD Policies requiring food establishments to publicly post… Read more »