A healthy city is one that protects and enhances the immediate and long-term well-being of its greatestassets its citizens. A great city does this while providing the highest quality of life possible. This requiresintegrated decision making that takes into account health, economic development, and social issues.
The Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative was formed 2008, with a mission to identify and coordinate effortsaimed at healthier eating and more active lifestyles across Baton Rouge. Then, Baton Rouge’s top healthand human services organizations and leading hospitals promised to make an investment in the future.They came together with a collaborative spirit and common goal – to make Baton Rouge a healthier city.
In 2015 we embarked on the nation’s first Joint Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) andImplementation Plan. Under Mayor Sharon Weston-Broome’s leadership, we have continued that sameeffort. Through collaboration, we work with our partners to address the four greatest challenges affectingthe overall health of the Baton Rouge community: Obesity, HIV/STIs, Mental and Behavioral Health, andthe Overuse of Emergency Departments.
This year, we continued the great work of the 2015 joint CHNA and Implementation plan, while agreeingto write another joint CHNA and Implementation Plan in 2018. In this annual report, you will see theprograms and progress that we were able to accomplish with the over 70 partner organizations ofthe Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative. Our Board has been developing a vision for the 2018 CHNA andImplementation Plan to look upstream at the Syndemics. While there is still much work to be done, theMayor’s Healthy City Initiative has built an impressive infrastructure of collaboration that is capable ofmaking population health change