What constitutes quality of life?
If you look at the 2011 Pasadena/Altadena Quality of Life Index that was released by the Pasadena Public Health Department last summer, it takes elements like health care, living wage, air and water quality, child care, housing affordability, open space, academics, arts, transportation and civic involvement into consideration.
“Social determinants in society and the external environment also affect the health of individuals,” said City of Pasadena Public Health Director and Health Officer Eric G. Walsh, MD, MPH in a statement by the City of Pasadena last June. “If communities are to be healthy, each indicator must not only be analyzed, but policies and programs should be in place to improve the health outcomes for each indicator.”
Walsh will be sharing more on the Quality of Life Index, which is 44 pages and summarizes “health-related indicators supplied by more than 70 agencies that focus on the area’s population, needs and resources” at three events at All Saints Church in Pasadena (132 North Euclid Avenue).
Four categories in particular will be addressed: social and economic factors; physical environment; clinical care; and health behavior, according to All Saints’ website.
The series begins Sunday at a 10:15 a.m. Rector’s Forum. Walsh will continue the series on Nov.1 and Nov. 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can also watch Sunday’s forum streamed live online.
What do you think of Altadena’s quality of life based on the factors mentioned? Do you plan to attend the quality of life events?