City Council Candidate Questionnaire
Healthy Dearborn is a vibrant community coalition that has partnered with the City of Dearborn since 2015 to create a culture of health in Dearborn by working to reduce health disparities through active living and healthy eating strategies. For more on Healthy Dearborn, please visit our website: https://www.healthydearborn.org/. How do you see your Mayoral administration or Dearborn’s City Council working with Healthy Dearborn? And what specific ideas do you have for implementing Healthy Dearborn initiatives? *
By familiarizing myself with the many initiatives that are now available to help keep Dearborn healthy, and based on my own experiences, I would become involved in the groups that I feel I could contribute to the most.
What do you see as Dearborn’s biggest health challenges and Dearborn’s biggest health assets? How can we best leverage our assets to address our challenges? *
Unhealthy diets and lack of exercise are two of the biggest health challenges facing Dearborn. We should encourage people to take part in the many programs offered by Beaumont Hospital and Healthy Dearborn, two of our best assets.
Do you believe that "Health in all Policies," which is the use of health assessment tools to guide decisions on major civic projects and policy decisions, should be implemented in Dearborn? Please explain why, either way. *
Using "Health in all Policies" should definitely be considered because it has proved beneficial when used in other communities. I feel strongly that any civic project and policy decision should always consider the well being of our citizens.
Dearborn’s Multimodal Transportation Plan (MMTP) (https://walkbike.info/dearborn/) was developed with significant community involvement, including Healthy Dearborn, and was adopted by the Dearborn City Council on October 6, 2020. How do you see the implementation of the MMTP fitting into your community health priorities as City Council Member? *
Implementing the MMPT would be a high priority for me as a City Council Member. Walking and biking are two of the best ways to increase physical activity. While bike riding and walking, there are more opportunities for people to interact with each other. These open-air activities can also help encourage new businesses which will in turn strengthen our neighborhoods.