MAYOR HARP PROCLAIMS THIS WEEK COMMUNITY HEALTH IMPROVEMENT WEEK IN CITY
(6/3/2014) MAYOR HARP PROCLAIMS THIS WEEK TO BE COMMUNITY HEALTH IMPROVEMENT WEEK IN CITY
New Haven – Mayor Toni N. Harp, speaking at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, today issued a proclamation naming this week the first ever Community Health Improvement Week in New Haven. Mayor Harp congratulated the Connecticut Mental Health Center and addressed the role food, nutrition, and hunger play in community health.
Mayor Harp called on New Haven’s residents to honor the professionals “who support better health for our entire population through health promotion, healthy food access and hunger prevention, and health services for all.” “The residents of New Haven Connecticut celebrate community health initiatives, campaigns, and programs to raise awareness and improve the health of our local communities,” she said.
Mayor Harp also spoke to the importance of food security in New Haven, saying that to call food distribution in New Haven a pressing issue would be “A gross understatement.” “The absence of fresh fruits and vegetables leaves consumers with only choices to be made among pre-packaged foods, and diets heavily dependent on processed foods…contribute to a host of other serious health concerns” Mayor Harp said. “In formal assessments of developing nations – to measure the extent of absolute poverty and the minimum amount of resources needed to stabilize a population, food is listed first. If in Connecticut, one of the wealthiest and most resourceful states in the wealthiest and most resourceful nation, we can’t provide food for those who need it and for those who feel insecure about future supply, then we are failing those we serve.”
The Mayor’s remarks come as the New Haven Food Policy Council looks to reach out to community members in order to expand enrollment in the New Haven Public Schools’ Summer Meals Program, continues to train members of the New Haven community in healthy and affordable cooking, and works to develop the city’s infrastructure of urban farms and gardens.
The first Community Health Improvement Week was launched by the Association for Community Health Improvement (ACHI), a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association, in 2012 as a national recognition event to raise awareness of community health improvement activities and as an opportunity for community health professionals, organizations, and coalitions to celebrate successes within organizations and communities nationwide. This is the first time, however, that Community Health Improvement Week has been celebrated in New Haven.
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