U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
L.A. City Council to weigh guidelines aimed at bridging health gaps

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday will consider adding a section to its general plan that focuses on bridging the city's health disparities, representing what experts hail as a shift in how public officials think about health policy. The new health guidelines include goals such as improving access to grocery stores and increasing life expectancy. But they also would establish targets not traditionally part of health policy: adding park space, reducing motor vehicle crashes, increasing the number of low-cost day care centers and beautifying the community.  The plan acknowledges that health is affected by a complex web of social...