Global Voices, Local Action: International Cities Connect on Public Health & Safety for We Will Chicago - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Global Voices, Local Action: International Cities Connect on Public Health & Safety for We Will Chicago

August 18, 2022, Noon to 1:30 p.m. CT

Online via Zoom.

Hosted by: City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Metropolitan Planning Council, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Public health and safety is about more than physical well-being. Health is determined by social and economic factors, the environment people live in, personal behaviors, as well as health care quality and access. Individuals and neighborhoods are also unevenly exposed to violence due to multiple factors that can occur in an instant or over many years. Chicagoans need access to resources, environments, and opportunities that promote optimal health and well-being. Public health and safety policies should be more responsive and proactive so that residents and neighborhoods are fairly and consistently protected and cared for during times of both wellbeing and crisis.

Join the Metropolitan Planning Council as we explore international models that advance the goal of creating transportation and infrastructure systems that accessible to everyone. You will hear from global voices on successful international initiatives and from City of Chicago leaders on the relevant policies included in the We Will Chicago draft framework plan. These policies and your input can help lead to more livable and vibrant communities.

Presenters include:

  • Kate McMahon, MPH, Director, Health Equity in All Policies, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago
  • Amanda O’Rourke, Executive Director, 880 cities, Toronto
  • Tommi Laitio, Bloomberg Public Innovation Fellow, Helsinki
  • Tiffany McDowell, Equity Institute Director, YWCA

This event is part of a seven-part series on We Will Chicago, hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the City of Chicago. Each event in the series will feature a panel presentation of international and local city experts, along with interactive polling to provide feedback and input on the plan’s draft policies. This is the first citywide plan in more than fifty years - don’t miss your chance to engage with fellow Chicagoans on strategies and ideas to improve the city’s future! Check out the schedule of events based on the We Will Chicago Plan pillars here.

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