249220 Healthy Communities for Healthy Aging: The Toledo Experience

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 8:30 AM

Marvin J. Rubin, DPM , POD, OPHA APHA, Toledo, OH
This program started with the APHA ‘Forum on Aging'. We were looking for model cities that could become ‘Healthy Cities for Healthy Aging'. Toledo was one of two cities that the Forum picked to become a model city. Contact was made with the Northwest Ohio Area Office on Aging (AOoA). A meeting was arranged with Mayor and several his Department Directors all of whom were pleased with our proposal. The initial proposal involved a walking\biking path that connected the Medical Campus of Toledo University with the AOoA, Senior Center, senior housing, Developmental Disabled Center, Vision Impaired Center, Mental Health Center, the proposed VA Clinic, a High School and shopping mall. This was then projected to be connected to the main campus of Toledo University which is already connected to a major biking/walking path that connects with the Metroparks System. This paper will describe how we assembled a large coalition representing the interested parties. The mistakes we made in applying for grant money. Our long range plans to continue to make Toledo a better place to live, work and age in place. A core committee of three organizations Toledo/Lucas County Health Department, Toledo University and the AOoA was established for short range planning and grant application.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Environmental health sciences

Learning Objectives:
Identify partners for developing healthy communities for healthy aging. Discuss how developing healthy communities for healthy aging will enhance the health, wellbeing and safety of children. Describe walking and biking paths benefit to the total community

Keywords: Aging, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Served on the APHA Forum on Aging. Developed the original planning committee for Toledo. Serve on the current core planning commttee. On the Board of Directors of the Northwest Ohio AOoA. Served on the Toledo 20/20 (land use) Committee and the Toledo Housing Impimentaion Committee.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.