MAYOR WALSH ATTENDS U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS 85TH ANNUAL MEETING IN MIAMI
BOSTON - Friday, June 23, 2017 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today will travel to Miami, Florida to attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) 85th Annual Meeting. More than 250 mayors from across the country will attend the four-day event to discuss issues such as immigration, health care, the national economy, and climate protection, and then consider and determine policy that will guide USCM's advocacy agenda moving forward.
"Eighty-five percent of our nation's population live in metro areas and cities, so it's critical that mayors continue to fight for sound policy at every level of government," said Mayor Walsh. "During the Conference, we get a unique and important opportunity to listen and learn from our colleagues across the country and share our success stories and strategies. It's an invaluable learning experience that results in a shared set of priorities and solid agenda for our cities, and our country, to move forward."
On Saturday, Mayor Walsh, Chair of the Children, Health, and Human Services Committee, will host a discussion and review on proposed resolutions on protecting and improving the Affordable Care Act, urging Congress and the Trump Administration to fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the highest levels, and stressing the importance of fighting the 'treatment gaps' that exist in accessing care for substance abuse disorders.
On Sunday, Mayor Walsh will be a panelist in "Imagining Future Cities Today," a session on how mayors from various cities approach long-term planning. A diverse group of mayors will address everything from density and transportation challenges, to housing affordability and education, to workforce and economic growth. He will discuss long-term planning initiative, Imagine Boston 2030, that will help guide Boston's smart, sustainable, and equitable growth.
As Chairman of the Substance Abuse, Recovery, and Prevention Task Force, Mayor Walsh will share a toolkit with mayors to combat substance abuse in their cities focused on the full continuum of care including prevention, intervention, family support and recovery, before presenting an overdose prevention training using naloxone (Narcan).