An Initiative by Councilmember Jay Schenirer
On October 27th, Councilmember Schenirer launched WayUp Sacramento at a news conference in Oak Park – the first neighborhood to be targeted for services. The WayUp Sacramento project will bring medical screenings to thousands of children, offer health care training for high school students, build hundreds of gardens, create jobs and help people purchase homes. According to the Councilmember, “WayUp Sacramento is a comprehensive solution to community building and will be the focus of my first term in office. We can't wait. Our kids can't wait.”
Father Keith B. Kenny Elementary students were the first to receive health screenings. Eventually students at five elementary schools – Kenny, Bret Harte, Oak Ridge, Capitol Heights Academy and PS7 – as well as three high schools – Hiram Johnson, American Legion and Sacramento Charter – will get screenings.
The initiative also will encourage students to consider careers in the medical field by funding new health care academies at the high schools, organizing field trips to hospitals and bringing mentors from the medical field into the schools.
WayUp Sacramento has received a number of grants, including one to build five community gardens on vacant lots. Twenty-seven property owners offered up their lots for the project. The program should eventually support 300 community and backyard gardens in the District.
Councilmember Schenirer's plan to make the city healthier goes beyond checkups. He has put the staff in the city's Economic Development department to work on a Health Innovation Zone that would encourage health care businesses to locate on Stockton Boulevard and around the hospitals. Plans to build a 10,000-square-foot genome sequencing lab at the UC Davis School of Medicine on X Street will catalyze the health sector to the area.
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