The Vote Equity Project collected over 250 reform ideas submitted by Chicagoans.

 

Residents from every ward collectively cast 52,000 votes on their top priorities.

These were the top-voted reforms in health.

- Health -

1. Build hospitals and community health centers on south and west sides, and work toward a universal system of care the covers all people.

2. Reopen the public Mental Health Clinics closed in 2011 and invest $25 million more in mental health services.

3. Create green jobs for Black and Brown communities including the immediate remediation of lead contamination in Chicago's water supply.

4. Create and implement a plan to replace or repair the infrastructure that is adding lead to the drinking water in our homes and our schools.

5. Invest in communities to fix food deserts in middle and lower income neighborhoods.

 

1. Build hospitals and community health centers on south and west sides

and work toward a universal system of care that covers all people.

1. Create health equity
2. Increase mental health facility access
3. Promote environmental health
4. Eliminate health disparities
5. Advocate for Medicare for All

amara enyia
YES

As Alderman I eliminated a food desert on the west side. I would use TIF money to replace the lead pipes in people's homes.

bob fioretti
YES

The reforms share the theme of investment in the South and West side. This investment is of course critical. Setting aside spaces for urban agriculture and working to sure up resources for a local food economy, can begin to address food desserts... (Response was shortened for space.)

lashawn ford
YES

​I have released detailed policies addressing public health, mental health, environmental justice, lead in our water and economic development, and as mayor I will work to implement them all.

lori lightfoot
YES

I will heavily invest in mental health programs for our city and work to destigmatize mental health. I will open new facilities and expand mental health programs in comprehensive healthcare facilities.

susana mendoza
YES

As County Board President, I have championed affordable, accessible healthcare. As Mayor, I would continue these reforms and reopen mental health centers. I have also proposed a plan for eliminating lead-service lines in water supply.

toni preckwinkle
YES

You can read more in the Healthy Communities, Healthy Homes section of my economic development plan here: https://tinyurl.com/y3njvlxw. My investment for mental health will be funded in part by cannabis revenues.

paul vallas
YES

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

2. Reopen the public Mental Health Clinics closed in 2011 and invest $25 million more in mental health services.

1. Create health equity
2. Increase mental health facility access
3. Promote environmental health
4. Eliminate health disparities
5. Advocate for Medicare for All

amara enyia
YES

As Alderman I eliminated a food desert on the west side. I would use TIF money to replace the lead pipes in people's homes.

bob fioretti
YES

The reforms share the theme of investment in the South and West side. This investment is of course critical. Setting aside spaces for urban agriculture and working to sure up resources for a local food economy, can begin to address food desserts... (Response was shortened for space.)

lashawn ford
YES

​I have released detailed policies addressing public health, mental health, environmental justice, lead in our water and economic development, and as mayor I will work to implement them all.

lori lightfoot
YES

I will heavily invest in mental health programs for our city and work to destigmatize mental health. I will open new facilities and expand mental health programs in comprehensive healthcare facilities.

susana mendoza
no

As County Board President, I have championed affordable, accessible healthcare. As Mayor, I would continue these reforms and reopen mental health centers. I have also proposed a plan for eliminating lead-service lines in water supply.

toni preckwinkle
YES

You can read more in the Healthy Communities, Healthy Homes section of my economic development plan here: https://tinyurl.com/y3njvlxw. My investment for mental health will be funded in part by cannabis revenues.

paul vallas
YES

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

3. Create green jobs in Black and Brown communities

including the immediate remediation of lead contamination in Chicago's water supply.

1. Create health equity
2. Increase mental health facility access
3. Promote environmental health
4. Eliminate health disparities
5. Advocate for Medicare for All

amara enyia
YES

As Alderman I eliminated a food desert on the west side. I would use TIF money to replace the lead pipes in people's homes.

bob fioretti
YES

The reforms share the theme of investment in the South and West side. This investment is of course critical. Setting aside spaces for urban agriculture and working to sure up resources for a local food economy, can begin to address food desserts... (Response was shortened for space.)

lashawn ford
YES

​I have released detailed policies addressing public health, mental health, environmental justice, lead in our water and economic development, and as mayor I will work to implement them all.

lori lightfoot
YES

I will heavily invest in mental health programs for our city and work to destigmatize mental health. I will open new facilities and expand mental health programs in comprehensive healthcare facilities.

susana mendoza
YES

As County Board President, I have championed affordable, accessible healthcare. As Mayor, I would continue these reforms and reopen mental health centers. I have also proposed a plan for eliminating lead-service lines in water supply.

toni preckwinkle
YES

You can read more in the Healthy Communities, Healthy Homes section of my economic development plan here: https://tinyurl.com/y3njvlxw. My investment for mental health will be funded in part by cannabis revenues.

paul vallas
YES

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

4. Create and implement a plan to replace or repair the infrastructure that is adding lead to the drinking water in our homes and our schools.

1. Create health equity
2. Increase mental health facility access
3. Promote environmental health
4. Eliminate health disparities
5. Advocate for Medicare for All

amara enyia
YES

As Alderman I eliminated a food desert on the west side. I would use TIF money to replace the lead pipes in people's homes.

bob fioretti
YES

The reforms share the theme of investment in the South and West side. This investment is of course critical. Setting aside spaces for urban agriculture and working to sure up resources for a local food economy, can begin to address food desserts... (Response was shortened for space.)

lashawn ford
YES

​I have released detailed policies addressing public health, mental health, environmental justice, lead in our water and economic development, and as mayor I will work to implement them all.

lori lightfoot
YES

I will heavily invest in mental health programs for our city and work to destigmatize mental health. I will open new facilities and expand mental health programs in comprehensive healthcare facilities.

susana mendoza
YES

As County Board President, I have championed affordable, accessible healthcare. As Mayor, I would continue these reforms and reopen mental health centers. I have also proposed a plan for eliminating lead-service lines in water supply.

toni preckwinkle
YES

You can read more in the Healthy Communities, Healthy Homes section of my economic development plan here: https://tinyurl.com/y3njvlxw. My investment for mental health will be funded in part by cannabis revenues.

paul vallas
YES

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response
 

5. Invest in communities to fix food deserts

including in middle and lower income neighborhoods.

1. Create health equity
2. Increase mental health facility access
3. Promote environmental health
4. Eliminate health disparities
5. Advocate for Medicare for All

amara enyia
YES

As Alderman I eliminated a food desert on the west side. I would use TIF money to replace the lead pipes in people's homes.

bob fioretti
YES

The reforms share the theme of investment in the South and West side. This investment is of course critical. Setting aside spaces for urban agriculture and working to sure up resources for a local food economy, can begin to address food desserts... (Response was shortened for space.)

lashawn ford
YES

​I have released detailed policies addressing public health, mental health, environmental justice, lead in our water and economic development, and as mayor I will work to implement them all.

lori lightfoot
YES

I will heavily invest in mental health programs for our city and work to destigmatize mental health. I will open new facilities and expand mental health programs in comprehensive healthcare facilities.

susana mendoza
YES

As County Board President, I have championed affordable, accessible healthcare. As Mayor, I would continue these reforms and reopen mental health centers. I have also proposed a plan for eliminating lead-service lines in water supply.

toni preckwinkle
YES

You can read more in the Healthy Communities, Healthy Homes section of my economic development plan here: https://tinyurl.com/y3njvlxw. My investment for mental health will be funded in part by cannabis revenues.

paul vallas
YES

Gery Chico,
William M. Daley,
Neal Sáles-Griffin,
Jerry Joyce,
John Kozlar,
Garry McCarthy, and
Willie Wilson

did not respond.

other candidates
no response

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