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Reshaping health through policy and design talk offered Sept. 14

Published: September 9, 2016 2:08 PM

Summit County and the city of Akron both passed “Health in All Policies” resolutions in early 2016 which seek to address how individual and community health can be enhanced or threatened by policy makers’ decisions. These resolutions and best practice solutions will be the subject of the GAINS (Greater Akron Innovations Network for Sustainability) meeting on Sept. 14 at Musica, 51 E. Market St. in Akron. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the free program is from 6:15 to 7:30.

Speakers will engage with the audience on how to improve overall health and health equity for all citizens, seek insight into furthering systematic decision processes in public policy development, and discuss how to utilize “best practice” functional wellness standards to build smart, modern, and health-focused places.

Presenters include health and equity advocates Marie B. Curry, attorney for Community Legal Aid. and Jerry Egan, of Egan Consult and A Summit Food Policy Coalition member.  They will discuss the development and implications of the “Health in All Policies” protocol, and describe the importance of addressing both equity and sustainability for community healthy.

Wendy Kertesz, Director of NEOUSGBC, (Northeast Ohio Chapter of the United States Green Building Council) will give an overview of current “WELL Building” and LEED protocols that put people and health first in the design of indoor and outdoor spaces.

GAINS is a local gathering of sustainability practitioners who focus on advancing sustainable values and practices in the marketplace. The salon style meetings are the second Wednesday of the month.

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