The US Department of State and the City of Denver will host the first Cities of the Americas Summit on April 26-28, 2023. The Summit will convene elected leaders from cities, states, municipalities, and regions from across the Western Hemisphere to discuss and collaborate on shared challenges and opportunities with various stakeholders, including the private sector, civil society, and non-profit agencies and government entities.
Within this framework, PAHO is organizing a session as an opportunity to highlight and discuss the role of local governments in building cities and healthy environments that favor the development and maintenance of individual capacities. The Region of the Americas is one of the most urbanized regions in the world, and the health consequences of changing urban living standards present enormous challenges, as well as opportunities for visionary change, for urban populations. At the same time, the Region is undergoing rapid demographic and epidemiological transitions, which require preparation to address the health of all populations.
Local Governments: Implementer or Managers of Health Policy
Friday, April 28th
09:00 AM - 10:30 AM UTC-6
Mile High Ballroom 4A-B at the Colorado Convention Center (CCC)
The event will have simultaneous translation in Spanish, English, and Portuguese.
9:00-9:10 AM - Opening remarks: Dra. Gerry Eijkemans Director of the Department of Social and Environmental determinants for health equity (DHE) from PAHO
Panel: Experiences in managing policies for better health and wellbeing
Experiences in managing policies for better health and wellbeing
Moderator: Patricia Morsch, Regional Advisor for Healthy Aging, PAHO
Urban governance for health and welbeing
Yeimy Carolina Agudelo, Mayor of Kennedy Municipality, Bogota Colombia
Favoring healthy aging through the cities
Juan Valentin Serrano, Mayor of Ameca Municipality, Jalisco State Mexico
Environmental sustainability and community participation
Isabella de Roldão, Vice-Mayor of Recife, Pernambuco State, Brazil
Panel: Alliances for health and well-being at local level
Alliances for health and well-being at local level
Moderator: Pilar Campos Esteban, Regional advisor for Health Promotion, PAHO
Learning from networks for health: HCCM Movement
Dr. Esteban Martín Piaggio, Mayor of Gualeguaychú (Argentina) President of the Executive Committee of the HMCC Movement.
Partnership with civil organizations for healthy environment
Collaboration AARP-PAHO/WHO on promoting age friendly environments
Lina Walker, Interim Senior Vice President, Global Thought Leadership, AARP
Experiences and lessons learned from the US network
Lori Freeman, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
10:20-10:30 AM - Closing remarks: Dra. Gerry Eijkemans Director of the Department of Social and Environmental determinants for health equity (DHE) from PAHO