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Baltimore City begins discussions on health in the neighborhoods

Baltimore City is hosting the first of 14 community meetings to discuss the newly completed Neighborhood Health Profiles, which includes an assortment of information on the health and well-being of residents from the level of chronic disease and average lifesplan to access to healthy food to safe places to exercise.

The city wants to help the communities identify their biggest health problems and come up with plan to address them. There will be a meeting in each City Council district.

This first open, public meeting will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cylburn Arboretum Vollmer Visitor Center, at 4915 Greenspring Ave. City Health Commissioner Osiris Barbot plans to attends.

The Neighborhood Health Profiles were released in December and showed a wide gap in the health outcomes between 55 well-off and less-well-off city neighboorhoods.

“At these meetings, we will demonstrate how our built environment – the places where
we live, learn, work and play – has as much to do with making us sick as it does with
keeping us healthy,” said Barbot in a statement. “Ultimately we hope communities will use the information presented to take action in designing new strategies and interventions for tackling the top priorities they identify for creating health promoting environments.”

Some neighborhoods are represented by multiple council districts so data will be shared at each. To check your district, go to the Baltimore City city services page. And here are the next meeting dates: www.baltimorehealth.org.

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