NEWS: US Conference of Mayors Plans to Take ‘Let’s Get Healthy’ Nationwide

Mayors Endorse California’s Approach Inspired by SEIU-UHW and The California Endowment

For Immediate Release:  Friday, June 22, 2012
Contact: Steve Trossman at (213) 300-1882

Los Angeles—At their 80th Annual Meeting last week in Orlando, Fla., the U.S. Conference of Mayors endorsed SEIU-UHW’s Let’s Get Healthy California campaign, adopting a resolution to replicate the Let’s Get Healthy Task Force in other cities throughout the U.S.

The task force was conceived and promoted by SEIU-UHW and The California Endowment.

Specifically, the Mayors’ resolution called for “Endorsing efforts to replicate in other cities initiatives modeled after the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force, which will develop a 10-year plan for improving the health of Californians through a sustained effort to promote prevention and wellness strategies and reduce the burden of chronic disease that is crippling local and state healthcare systems.”

Read the full U.S. Conference of Mayors resolution here: www.seiu-uhw.org/mayors-conference

“We are very encouraged that mayors from cities across the U.S. have endorsed the work we are doing with The California Endowment and our other partners here in California to make our state healthier,” said Dave Regan, president of SEIU-UHW. “As the U.S. Conference of Mayors met last week in Orlando, the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force recently established by Gov. Brown held its first meeting in Los Angeles to start work on our 10-year plan to combat obesity and chronic disease in California. If other cities and states make similar commitments to aggressively combat chronic disease and reduce obesity, then we as a country can head off the growing healthcare crisis and become a healthier nation.”

The Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force is charged by Gov. Brown with developing a 10-year comprehensive plan to significantly reduce the incidence of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension and childhood obesity; reduce hospital-acquired infections and lower readmissions within 30 days of discharge; and increase the number of children receiving recommended vaccines by the age of three.

See www.seiu-uhw.org/TaskForce for list of task force members.

 SEIU-UHW launched its statewide Let’s Get Healthy California initiative earlier this year. It is the centerpiece of a commitment by SEIU-UHW members to help workers and people in their communities get healthier to lower costs and improve quality of life. As part of the effort, SEIU-UHW members:

  •  Reached a first-of-its-kind strategic agreement with the California Hospital Association to work together to improve quality care, lower costs, improve the incentives for healthcare funding and engage in high-road labor relations. The Kaiser agreement is an example of how unions and employers can join together to ensure good jobs and improve health.
  • Worked with Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Endowment on an executive order that seeks to significantly reduce chronic disease in California over the next 10 years.
  • Introduced state legislation, with other unions and community partners, to reorganize and improve long-term care in California by reforming the way home care is organized and funded.
  • Received a grant from the California Endowment to sign up people in South Los Angeles for healthcare programs for which they qualify but have not taken advantage of.
  • Working with Kaiser to promote and screen the HBO series “The Weight of the Nation” in an effort to reduce the epidemic of obesity in America.
  • Working in partnership with the pro soccer team Chivas USA in Los Angeles to provide health screenings and information about healthy living before home games at the Home Depot Center.
  • Working with Dr. Nadine Burke, a physician who is taking a unique approach to treating low-income children at the Bayview Child Health Center in San Francisco.
  • Establishing a permanent presence at San Francisco’s Sunday Streets, a massive monthly street festival where SEIU-UHW members are teaching people Tai Chi, engaging children in healthy activities like hula-hooping and basketball, and providing free health screenings for members of the public.

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 SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West (SEIU-UHW) is the largest hospital and healthcare union in the western United States with more than 150,000 members. We unite every type of healthcare worker with a mission to achieve high-quality healthcare for all. SEIU-UHW is part of the 2.2 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation’s fastest-growing union. Learn more at www.seiu-uhw.org.

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