Community Development Decisions in Merced County, California

Merced County Department of Public Health

The Merced County (California) Department of Public Health will conduct an HIA to examine local decisions such as zoning ordinances or city plans and their effects on unemployment, childhood poverty, and violent crimes, all of which are significantly higher in Merced County than the rest of the state and the U.S. as a whole. Local decisions addressing those issues may affect factors like access to healthy foods and safe recreational and public spaces, and contribute to health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Through the HIA process, the team will partner with community-based organizations, including faith-based groups and nonprofits, to identify a specific decision target for the HIA.

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