As much as we want the pandemic to be over, COVID-19 has not yet ended. We must continue encouraging people to get fully vaccinated whenever possible; provide easy-access to testing; and be fully-prepared to respond quickly in the case of local outbreaks. To do this most efficiently, while also trying to meet our many other, long-standing public health commitments, we need to strengthen the regional collaboration of the Montachusett Public Health Network so there can be more convenient services and resources for residents.
As Mayor, I will be an advocate for equitable access to preventative screenings, high-quality/low-barrier health care, and for the community conditions that significantly impact our health, including housing security, transportation access, education, and living wages. Additionally, I will use the communication channels of the City to help reduce the stigma that too often surrounds behavioral health problems, including substance use disorder and addiction. We must work together as a well-informed city (and region) to quickly connect our neighbors, family, and friends in crisis with the trained professionals they deserve to address their pain and to prevent self-harm, overdoses, and suicides.
Leominster’s population is aging faster than other parts of the state. Not surprisingly, most older adults want to remain living in their current homes so it is high-time that we focus on becoming an Age-Friendly community. This internationally-recognized initiative addresses key aspects that make a city more viable for people of all ages, especially as it relates to accessible and affordable housing and transportation options. This also includes making our roads safer for bicyclists, and our intersections, sidewalks, and future rail trail safer for pedestrians.
Contact Committee to Elect Andrea Freeman 431 Pleasant St, Leominster, MA 01453 (978) 728-3787