(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- A recent survey has ranked U.S. Congressional District 17 as one of the lowest in terms of residents' well-being and quality of life. The district - which includes areas such as Biscayne Park, El Portal, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Miami, Miami Gardens, Miami Shores, Miramar, North Miami Beach, Opa Locka, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines and West Park - ranked third lowest out of all 435 congressional districts overall when considering factors such as physical and emotional health, work environment, and life evaluation.
In response, Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan sponsored a resolution directing Miami-Dade County officials to join the Congressional Black Caucus in their effort to address the unemployment crisis and the need for job creation solutions in underserved communities in Congressional District 17, some of which are included in Jordan's commission district. The item passed the July 19 County Commission meeting.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is an annual survey that measures individual and collective health and well-being for the nation. The survey breaks down its finding according to congressional district in order to "provide real-time measurement and insights needed to improve health, increase productivity, and lower healthcare costs." Congressional District 17's overall rank fell 183 spots from 2009 to 2010, with the greatest decrease coming from residents' perspectives on their life evaluation and work environment. Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, who represents District 17, has taken the lead in addressing the report, and has begun efforts to form a task force geared at determining the underlying causes of the district's poor showing and encourage open dialogue and active interchange regarding ways of enhancing the prosperity of each neighborhood.
"What the Congressional Black Caucus plans to do is include Miami in their four-city 'For the People' Jobs Initiative Tour this August, and is calling upon national and locally-based private and public sector partners to help immediately remedy the current jobs crisis," said Commissioner Jordan. "It is my hope that by partnering with Congresswoman Wilson and the Caucus, we provide legitimate, immediate employment and job readiness opportunities for underserved communities throughout our nation."
In addition, Commissioner Jordan's resolution urges Miami-Dade County to further make County personnel available to the District 17 task force to ensure that the difficulties facing Congressional District 17 are quickly understood and expeditiously resolved.
For more information, please contact Commissioner Jordan's office at 305-375-5694.