Mayor and Public Health Officials Unveil Healthy Louisville 2025

February 10, 2020

Community Health Improvement Plan Identifies 4 Focus Areas

 

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Department of Public Health and Wellness and the city’s Chief Health Strategist and community members and partners today unveiled Healthy Louisville 2025, the city’s five-year community health improvement plan.

“Since the very first day of my administration, we have been working to make our city healthier,” said Mayor Greg Fischer.  “We’ve put health at very center of our policy making, and we’re seeing some results. National organizations, such as CityHealth which ranks America’s top 40 cities on health policy, have recognized Louisville’s progress.  Healthy Louisville 2025 continues this work and is a roadmap to a healthier city.”

“Healthy Louisville 2025 is the result of a three-year process based on the belief that the residents of Louisville are experts in understanding what they need to live healthier lives,” said Dr. Sarah Moyer, the city’s Chief Health Strategist and director of the Department of Public Health and Wellness. “We wanted to make sure that everyone had a voice. Healthy Louisville 2025 is an action plan that reflects the broad diversity of our community.”

The community identified four focus areas: 

  • Build Healthy Neighborhoods
  • Ensure Equitable Housing
  • Achieve Environmental Equity
  • Create Healthy Schools

Healthy Louisville 2025 includes interactive data elements around those priority areas, goals, metrics  and evidence-based strategies to achieve them including:

  • Creating more “complete streets” that make it safe for people to safely travel by bike, wheelchair, walking or public transportation as well as reducing the number of pedestrian and bike crashes and fatalities
  • Reducing pollution and environmental hazards
  • Creating more equitable, safe housing by increasing the number of Black residents who enjoy home ownership and reducing rental home eviction rates
  • Achieving equitable outcomes in education by assuring every JCPS student has access to health services connected to social and economic supports

“At first glance, some of the goals and strategies laid out in Healthy Louisville 2025 may seem to fall outside the scope of traditional public health practice,” said Dr. Sarah Moyer. “We know, however, that people’s health outcomes are shaped by so much more than their genes or the choices they make.  Individual behavior and choices alone are not enough to account for the differences in health and life expectancy in various communities throughout our city. If we are going to improve the health of our community, we must impact the social, political, physical and economic environments that impact health.  We want to build a community where everyone and every community thrives.”

Moyer added, “Community members, local businesses, nonprofits, faith groups and other organizations are invited to join in the work in our four focus areas. Email us at healthequity@louisvilleky.gov or call us aat 574-6616 and we’ll get you connected to one of our work groups.”

Healthy Louisville 2025 is an online plan where progress will be tracked, and updates made regularly. Learn more about Healthy Louisville 2025 at www.healthylouisville2025.com.