What makes a healthy city?
This question formed the basis of The Healthy City, a panel discussion held on September 28 hosted by FUSE. Driven entirely by volunteers, FUSE is young professional group committed to raising funds for Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. Proceeds from The Healthy City supported The Foundation’s Essential for Excellence campaign.
The event united leaders in business, health care and the environment to address the question. Below is a summary of their insights:
A healthy city requires investment in technology
According to panelist Tammy Hwang, Business Development Coordinator at the City’s Economic Development Division, Hamilton is falling behind in technology. To remain competitive, Tammy believes Hamilton has to bridge the digital divide by investing in broadband and smart computing to enable businesses and tech communities to thrive.
A healthy city is made up of healthy people
For entrepreneur Kelvin Ewald, a healthy city relies on its residents to prosper. A healthy city must attract, retain and empower healthy people.
A healthy harbour leads to a healthy Hamilton
Chris McLaughlin, Executive Director of Bay Area Restoration Council, has spent years advocating for the restoration of the Hamilton Harbour. To him, the health of the Harbour and its water quality directly impacts the health of people.
When we build strong families and youth, we have a healthy city
Sociology professor Dr. Deanna Behnke-Cook knows how important family is for the foundation of any city. She has worked with youth-at-risk and reiterates the need to raise strong, empowered youth.
In the world of health care, prevention can make a city healthy
Hamilton ranks the highest in hospital use in any urban setting in Ontario, says Aaron Levo, VP of Communications and Public Affairs at Hamilton Health Sciences. Looking 20 years ahead, Hamilton Health Sciences plans to focus on prevention to tackle the root causes of poor health.
Sustainable transportation is key to a healthy city
Keanin Loomis, President and CEO of Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, thinks Hamilton is right on track to become a healthy city – and Light Rail Transit (LRT) is key to make that happen. He believes Hamilton should continue to be ambitious and draw on the energy and enthusiasm of key initiatives, such as Supercrawl music and arts festival, and the young professional community.
Be part of a dynamic group of young professionals transforming health care. Email Dan MacIntyre at email@example.com to learn more about FUSE.