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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dr. Victor Garcia, Core Change & Cincinnati’s third world problems

Posted by Justin Jeffre

Today Dr. Victor Garcia, Founding Director of Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Trauma Services, outlined Core Change, an initiative to improve the quality and safety of Cincinnati’s neighborhoods for an AIR Inc forum at Christ Church Cathedral. He described some of our city’s similarities to third world nations.

At the forum Dr. Garcia updated attendees on the progress of Core Change and its goals. He said that in many ways some neighborhoods in Cincinnati resembled a third world nation with regards to infant mortality rates, food insecurity and a lack of jobs, transportation and safety.

According to Applied Information Resources Inc. after months of planning, a Core Change Summit took place over a three day period in February. More than 600 diverse neighborhood, civic, religious, and business representatives participated in a process designed to bring forth ideas and plans for addressing the economic, social, and health issues that exist in Cincinnati’s inner-city.

Conceived as the initial phase of this initiative, the Summit spun off a number of working groups charged with taking ideas and concepts to the next level. Eighteen working groups currently concern themselves with topics such as transportation, job creation, safety, and healthy food.

Dr. Garcia spoke about how just two blocks from Children’s Hospital a four year old was shot in a drive by shooting. He visited the family and the mother told him that they wouldn’t be going to the park anymore and that she would keep her children inside. He said he found out that the family also was suffering from a lack of healthy food.

Garcia drew the connection between poverty and the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, food insecurity and a lack of safety. And that Core Change was an effort to get to the root causes of these issues.
To learn more about and support Core Change click here. Applied Information Resources Inc. will be posting some video of today’s forum in the near future. 

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