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San Rafael Receives Age-Friendly Designation Letter from World Health Organization

Posted on July 9, 2018

The City of San Rafael was recently designated as a member of the World Health Organization’s Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Dear Mayor Gary O. Phillips,

It is my pleasure to welcome City of San Rafael as a member to the WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities. As a member, City of San Rafael will be part of a growing global movement of communities, cities and other sub-national levels of government that are striving to better meet the needs of their older residents. 

By joining the Network, City of San Rafael commits to sharing and promoting the values and principles central to the WHO Age-friendly approach, implementing the four steps to create age-friendly local environments, and actively participating in the Network including the sharing of experiences with other members. 

To support you on your journey to becoming more age-friendly the Network has developed Age-friendly World, an on-line portal for sharing information and experience. Based on the information provided in your city/community’s application, a public profile page has already been created. This page enables you to increase the visibility of your work and to inspire change by showing what you have done and how you have done it. For example, we ask that every member submits at least one “Age-friendly Practice” per year. These concrete actions shared by local communities for local communities are a great source of inspiration. 

We look forward to your active participation in the Network. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Alana Officer (officera@who.int) who leads the WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

Yours sincerely, 

Dr. John Beard
Department of Ageing and Life Course
World Health Organization, Geneva

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