The Transportation, Housing & Health Issues Committee focuses on livability issues and their impact on persons aged 60 and older, and adults with disabilities. Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life—housing, transportation, and opportunities for good health, including neighborhood, environment, economy, education, educational opportunity, and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.
This committee also looks deeper at health issues relating to seniors; work toward preventative health measures, identifying chronic disease in communities, and finding solutions for healthier living for seniors; advocate for and improve the current level of health care for Ventura County seniors by continuing to work with health care professionals, stakeholders and service providers.
The mission statement: “To help older adults, and persons with disabilities, to remain living as independently as possible in Ventura County; to promote aging in place; and to advocate for policies and programs that will provide these populations with access to safe and affordable housing and transportation; and other factors affecting health and livability.”
Goals: Develop a baseline of health data to monitor the growth in number of seniors and determine what services are lacking and/or inaccessible; and identify the gaps and overlaps of services among relevant major agencies; establish a clearinghouse of data by city. Information will be entered into a GIS database and will be available on the web; Begin to develop a coordinated chronic disease management program to help address the nine major chronic diseases affecting seniors in Ventura County; Develop a campaign to encourage seniors to obtain screenings procedures covered by Medicare by private physicians; Hold the Call to Action Symposium during the year; Lay the ground work to establish a community disease prevention or healthy living program.