Healthy Baltimore 2015 is the Baltimore City Health Department’s comprehensive health policy agenda for the city, articulating its priority areas and indicators for action. This plan highlights areas where we can have the largest impact on reducing morbidity and mortality and improve the quality of life for city residents.
The plan includes data that reflect the groups with the largest inequities by race, gender, education, or income to further highlight opportunities for addressing health inequities.
A city where all residents realize their full health potential.
Healthy Baltimore 2015 sets ambitious yet reachable improvement goals for the following priority areas:
- Promote Access to Quality Health Care for All
- Be Tobacco Free
- Redesign Communities to Prevent Obesity
- Promote Heart Health
- Stop the Spread of HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Recognize and Treat Mental Health Needs
- Reduce Drug Use and Alcohol Abuse
- Encourage Early Detection of Cancer
- Promote Healthy Children and Adolescents
- Create Health Promoting Neighborhoods
Each of these priority areas has measurable objectives for improvement with leading indicators that will be tracked and reported on annually. The priority areas are all equally important and are not listed in any particular rank order.
The Importance of Partners
Healthy Baltimore 2015 recognizes that individuals and communities must have the opportunity to make choices that impact their health regardless of race, income, or education. This agenda for change also acknowledges that a local public health department cannot successfully implement the plan working alone. The success of Healthy Baltimore relies on the diverse partnerships of our neighborhoods, businesses, academic institutions, community-based organizations, non-profit agencies, medical institutions, foundations, and schools.
Partners can contribute to the success of Healthy Baltimore 2015 in many ways. These varying levels of engagement include, but are not limited to:
- Communication – displaying or distributing health information materials within each of the ten priority areas
- Facilitation – actively participating in interventions such as incorporating wellness at work programs into the business day. (Get started today - download and post our free fitness signage posters at your workplace! Available under "Resources".)
- Integration – actively considering the potential health impacts of pending business or policy decisions
To become a partner, contact us at health[dot]commissioner[at]]baltimorecity.gov.