- Community Health Improvement Plan Progress 2%
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I am concerned that once young children start school and no longer need vaccines that they no longer participate in preventative health care. A large percentage of our youth population is missing out on targeted care and education simply because there is no longer a big push to prevent. I would love to see efforts placed at getting kids in for annual visits with targeted education related to issues facing them at each stage of development. How can we get community partners to encouraged routine health care that may prevent future health issues.
Something that's severely lacking are the quality of life options for those in the service industry and basic workforce.
Entertainment for the family, a gym or fitness facility, music/concert/art venues, and accessible community education programs in Oakland.
Options for entertainment that are no to low-cost. A lot of local families can't afford to go out of town for concerts, plays, festivals/fairs, or even have the transport to do so.
Even to go to the WISP or out to a nice dinner is above their means. There's a lot of sedentary activity because on a shoe-string budget the best you can do is Redbox and cheap pizza/fast food.
Another concern being unable to afford and sustain a fitness regimen. Most people are tired from having to work all day, can't leave children unsupervised, and have no support system. At best, people get exercise walking to their jobs and for them it's more mandatory than optional. We don't really have a community space with equipment, classes, and play areas/daycare services for youth that is year-round. Locals may be able to take advantage of the walking trails but when cold weather hits you're stuck inside.
For people struggling with quitting cigarettes or other vices it's an added improvement if there's fitness options available so they can take their journey of personal wellness that extra step, and keep going. If there were activities that involved group exercise for family units it would strengthen their bodies and familial ties. Dance, Mommy and Me Yoga, and forms of group play would be great alternatives to resorting to TV or the internet as entertainment if the option for an activity space were available and affordable.
When Poke'mon go was trending, all ages and types of people were walking about Downtown. That was great.
There's also a lack of arts and culture that's appropriate and realistic to the demographic. There's a lot of hidden talent if not curiosity with the local workforce but no venue to foster creative growth. It's still assumed that to express oneself is a thing that professionals do away from society and you can't be creative unless you're flawless. People around here love to craft which counts as expression, kids are always eager to paint and draw, and even something as basic as Karaoke can get anyone up to sing. The arts just aren't being communicated as an activity that's inclusive and fun. Something as simple as a sidewalk drawing mural festival/cookout would beautify the town and get the community out and engaged with each other.
It would also be neat to have community workshops in town for local residents to attend. I'm not sure what type of workshops, anything from basic home repair, carpentry, car basics, composting, or even sewing circles. Trades and crafts that those in the workforce already know and have a long history with they would feel comfortable showing to others.
That's just from what I've observed here and from other places I've lived/traveled.