Urban Health Institute Selects CPHA for Community Partner Grant

CPHA has been a vocal advocate for reducing alcohol outlet density in Baltimore, most notably with the formation of our Alcohol Outlet Density Reduction Task Force this summer. Proposed revisions to Baltimore’s zoning code will require 105 retail establishments in the city to discontinue non-conforming liquor sales, a change which could dramatically improve public health in the city.

The Urban Health Institute recently selected CPHA as the recipient of a Community Partner Grant designed to develop a roadmap for establishments transitioning away from selling alcohol. As CPHA examined the correlation between Baltimore’s alcohol outlet density and food deserts in June, the potential for positive impact on community health to emerge from this change is tremendous. While some City Council members are willing to accept liquor stores on every corner as the status-quo, the implications of the proposed zoning code are clear: progress towards a safer, healthier Baltimore.

The grant has two objectives that CPHA is steadfastly committed to: increasing access to health necessities and new micro-enterprises in Baltimore’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods, and to secure passage of alcohol outlet density reduction legislation.

For more information on where your representatives stand on alcohol outlet density reduction, click here.

For a list of talking points we hope you don’t hear from the City Council at the zoning hearing on October 3rd, click here.

To learn more about the issue of food deserts in Baltimore, click here.

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