The New Public Health site of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation features the Asthmapolis project in Louisville this month. The post, built on an interview with Ted Smith, Louisville’s Director of Innovation and Economic Development, makes a clear connection between health issues – in this case environmental exposures to poor air quality – and regional competitiveness.
When employers come into town, they want to know how healthy the workforce is. Most of them are self-insured. They don’t want to pick up a whole population of health hazards, and so this has become an economic competitiveness issue, and you’ll see over the next five or six years that the issue will become a selection criteria that businesses use as they move into communities.