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Environment, economy and health focus of Tacoma forum

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on May 9, 2013 at 9:45 am with No Comments »
May 9, 2013 9:56 am

Improving the health and quality of life in Pierce County will be the focus of a community forum Saturday in Tacoma.

The environment, a strong economy and how they are linked will be discussed by speakers at the event sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

The forum will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Wheelock Student Center at the University of Puget Sound

Here’s the health department’s news release:

Join your neighbors to talk about ‘Living Well in Pierce County’

TACOMA, Wash. – Want to learn how health, the environment and the economy are linked? Join your neighbors to share your ideas to improve the health and quality of life in Pierce County at a community forum May 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the University of Puget Sound, Wheelock Student Center.
At the event, a series of speakers will engage the audience in topics that range from trends for environmental quality to practical tips on how to create healthier communities. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department will gather community input from the event to use in its 2014 Pierce County Environmental Health Trends report.
“Environmental quality and a strong economy are inextricably linked,” said Frank DiBiase, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s assistant division director of Environmental Health. “We want to engage the community in conversation about how community health and a strong economy can lead to improved quality of life for everyone,” he said.
Speakers include David Batker, local author of What’s the Economy For, Anyway? who will deliver his vision of a new economy that values our health and environment. Kate Stirling, University of Puget Sound Economics Professor and HIPinthe253 co-founder, will share community data on what factors influence our happiness. Ellen Gray, Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network, Jane Moore, Coalition for Active Transportation, and Andrew Green, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, will discuss how farmland, air quality and neighborhood environment impact our health and economy and gather input about what we can do to improve them.
Pierce County Councilmember and Board of Health Chair Stan Flemming, Hilltop Urban Gardens founder Dean Jackson, and South Hill resident Patty Villa will share how they have helped make their communities healthier and happier.
Capacity is limited. Reserve your free spot and learn more at www.tpchd.org/ehindicators or call Marianne Seifert at (253) 798-3823.
About Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s mission is to safeguard and enhance the health of the communities of Pierce County. As part of its mission, the Health Department tackles known and emerging health risks through policy, programs and treatment in order to protect public health. Learn more at www.tpchd.org.

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