SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Despite three major hospitals, a relatively low crime rate and one of the most comprehensive homeless care systems in the county, health-care problems persist in Glendale, according to a cross-section of health and safety representatives who met Thursday morning at the Central Library.
Seated around tables in the auditorium and armed with the real-world knowledge of their respective fields, more than a dozen health-care professionals, city representatives and community advocates let loose a barrage of issues. Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Verdugo Hills and Glendale Memorial hospitals will compile the information and submit it as part of the 2007 Community Benefit and Health Needs Assessment.
More children are obese. Low-income families don’t have enough help. Immigrant groups are either unaware or have misperceptions of health programs. Federal funds for programs are drying up. The emphasis on youth wellness must be revived. The Police Department is understaffed. Illiteracy persists. Second-hand smoke in public gathering areas has been left unchecked. Preventive care and education needs more of a push. And the list goes on, the representatives said.