Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses development in Chicago
Failure to invest in communities impacts public health, experts sayBefore the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards ceremony, a panel discussed health issues in the city, how community development affects public health and what can be done to address these issues.
The forum, featuring community and health officials, detailed the devastating effect disinvestment has on community coherence. The lack of opportunity and access to resources forces citizens to make impossible choices about their housing and health.
“We have a lot of families making tough, tough choices,” said Jeff Bartow, executive director of the Southwest Organizing Project. “I remember a conversation I had vividly where, in Spanish, a woman asked me ‘should I buy my diabetes medicine or pay my mortgage?’ What kind of choices are those?”