The Mission: Regional Partnerships to Tackle Health Issues
Mayor Jesse Arrequin reconvened the Local and Regional Health Task Force in February 2017 to envision and identify what our collaborative next steps will be for the year. Over twenty local and regional health institutions, agencies, commissions, representatives of regional elected officials, and interested parties are participating in these meetings held on the first Monday of every other month.
The Berkeley Mayor's Office recognizes that the social determinants of health cross city and county boundaries. Solutions to health problems must necessarily involve partners locally and regionally.
We wholeheartedly agree with the nation's Healthy 2020 statement:
"Our health is also determined in part by access to social and economic opportunities; the resources and supports available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; the quality of our schooling; the safety of our workplaces; the cleanliness of our water, food, and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships."
With this understanding as our guide, we seek solutions to health inequities and health challenges through interdisciplinary partnerships in the community, in the City of Berkeley and in the region of Alameda and Contra Costa counties.