The Cross Agency Health Taskforce (CAHT) is a group made up of representatives from all city agencies that work together to promote cross sector efforts supporting Healthy Baltimore 2015’s ten priority areas. Healthy Baltimore 2015 is based on the assumption that where we live, work, learn and play has a tremendous impact on health. This approach requires all city agencies to look at the different factors that impact the health of all Baltimoreans. CAHT has focused specifically on promoting physical activity city-wide. The group’s goal is to expand current agency efforts that foster safe space for physical activity. In addition, CAHT wants to bring focused attention to a pilot neighborhood so that City agencies can layer their efforts and increase the benefit for the community. Southern Park Heights was selected as the pilot neighborhood for CAHT’s first initiative. Park Heights Renaissance has partnered with CAHT to support the Health Initiatives.
The activities listed below are some of the activities in progress/in planning by CAHT members as ways to promote physical activity in the Southern Park Heights neighborhood.
Proposed Activities Include: Activities to increase diabetes prevention and physical activity; increase energy efficient upgrades and retrofit facilities; expand recreation centers in Park Heights; work on designing walkable communities; expand neighborhood clean-up activities; expand youth recreational programs; Mobile Library visits; CPR training & Blood Pressure Screening.
Partnering agencies include:
Baltimore City Public Schools; Department of General Services; Department of Planning; Department of Public Works; Enoch Pratt Free Library; Family League of Baltimore; Fire Department; Health Department; Housing Authority of Baltimore City; Mayor’s Office of Employment Development; Parking Authority; Recreation and Parks; and Department of Transportation.
Baltimore City Health Department; Shanta Whitaker, 410-396-2239; or Michael O’Leary, 443-984-2460.