Priority Area Leaders
Coalition Steering Committee Rep: Sandy Amoakohene, City of Worcester
WDPH Staff Rep:Kelsey Hopkins, Academic Health Coordinator
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Priority Area Aim
Improve population health by providing all residents with opportunities to engage in meaningful work with living wages and healthy, safe, and family-friendly working conditions.
Objectives and Strategies
Obj. 5.1. Increase the number of employment resources available to underserved populations.
5.1.1. Leverage funds in order to provide trauma informed free trainings for professionals that serve the formerly incarcerated and veterans.
5.1.2. Centralize online resources pertaining to available employment training and job readiness opportunities for youth
5.1.3. Leverage relationships with translation services in order to provide small business resources for immigrant and refugee populations.
Obj. 5.2 Modify or implement city-level or institutional policies that have significant impact on health equity with an impact of at least 10,00 residents.
5.2.1. Inventory, assess feasibility, and advocate for health sector participation in all regional boards and commissions pertaining to Economic Development
5.2.2. Encourage large employers (50+) to adopt policies to hire more local residents.
5.2.3. Encourage large employers (50+) to adopt living wage policies for employees and contractors.
5.2.4. Encourage new and promote existing programs to increase the availability of affordable housing such as affordable ownership opportunities and employer assisted housing.
Obj. 5.3 Increase the number of participants enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) educational opportunities by 25%.
5.3.1. Distribute a translated resource guide of ESL classes twice per year to parents through public schools.
5.3.2. Expand partnerships of Worcester Academic Health Collaborative to include ESL providers and university education programs.
Obj. 5.4. Increase number of community members engaged in the transit planning process by 50%
5.4.1. Increasing participation of underserved populations in transit planning and advisory groups
5.4.2. Include a public health and wellness subsection in the next published Regional Transit Plan.
Minutes from Past Meetings