Lora Lacey-Haun, dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing, has been appointed by Kansas City Mayor Sly James to serve as co-chair of the Kansas City Health Commission.
The Health Commission consists of 17 members, all appointed by the mayor. Lacey-Haun was appointed as a three-year member in 2012. The other chair position is City Councilman Michael Brooks. Lacey-Haun’s chair position represents a community health leader.
Lacey-Haun is already taking action in her new role that she was appointed to in January. She and other health leaders nationwide recently signed a petition asking the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the amount of caloric sweeteners in sodas and other beverages, arguing that scientific consensus is that the level of added sugars in the products is unsafe.
With the Affordable Care Act and changes in Medicare, Lacey-Haun envisions the next few years on the Health Commission will be busy ones. The charge of the Commission is to provide structure and oversight for the cyclical development, implementation and evaluation of the Kansas City-Community Health Improvement Plan, and to advise the mayor and City Council on health-related programs and policies. The Health Commission’s mission is to achieve a citywide collaboration and partnership of organizations and individuals to work together to build a healthier community.
Among other items on the Commission’s agenda for 2013: vending machines throughout Kansas City with healthier offerings.
For additional details, visit UMKC Today Mayor Appoints.