Healthy St. Pete – Our Need
When Florida’s 67 counties were ranked using the model developed by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pinellas County ranked 33rd in Health Outcomes, Quality of Life and Length of Life. It also showed that the leading causes of death in Pinellas County are chronic diseases, including cancer – most prevalently lung cancer – as well as heart disease.
This data, and the information provided by our own Pinellas County Health Department, verified what many of us already suspected, or even knew: behavioral risk factors such as poor nutrition and limited physical activity affect the health of our community. Income, neighborhood, gender and race also impact access to health care and affect health outcomes.
These are outcomes that we can change by working together.
That is why in our role as servant leaders, we will bring important partners to the table to advance health policy in this city.
Just like the World Health Organization’s own Healthy Cities initiative, through Healthy St. Pete, we will implement institutional change, capacity-building, partnership-based planning and innovative projects to advance St. Petersburg’s health and well-being.
Join me on this mission and take a pledge to yourself and to your community to make St. Pete one of the healthiest cities in America!
– Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin
“We’ve listened as they have told us how they are picturing themselves living in a Culture of Health, and that they are eager to help build the opportunity to get and stay healthier into the everyday actions of their lives. They want to play their part in creating a nation in which one’s ethnicity, income or ZIP code does not hamper the ability to eat fresh food, live on safe streets, sustain emotional and mental well-being, or find and afford health care. They envision schools and workplaces where, instead of sitting all day to learn and work, we can remain active and involved in improving ourselves and the overall well-being of our communities.” – Robert Wood Johnson
Together, with the help of our Mayor’s Office, Parks and Recreation department, and our community partners, we will work to address the needs of St. Pete – to improve the quality of life for those in our community through access, our environment and our lifestyle choices. Using the County Health Ranking Model’s health factors, we have derived four strategic pillars of impact that we believe will help us work toward our goal of a Healthy St. Pete: Live Healthy, Eat Healthy, Play Healthy, and Shop Healthy. Programs developed under each of these pillars will work to address one of the 13 health factors leading to healthy outcomes.
County Health Rankings Model (http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/our-approach):
Download PDF: Healthy St. Petersburg Program Summary
The City and our partners will work to address and make change in the following four areas of impact. These areas of impact are designed to evolve as we make positive change in health outcomes.