As one of PUMP’s Advocacy + Public Policy Agenda key themes, we support Equitable Access to Health + Wellness.
The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the public spaces we share are as crucial to the region’s collective health as access to affordable healthcare and accessible grocery stores.
- Affordable, high quality, comprehensive healthcare options for all.
- Accessible, safe recreational spaces and activities in every neighborhood.
- Access to affordable, healthy food in every neighborhood.
- Clean air and water for all including green infrastructure and sustainable practices.
These are a few of the projects PUMP is actively involved in to ensure the Pittsburgh region has equitable access to health and wellness for all. Check out our community calendar for additional events and activities to get involved in these and other key regional issues.
- Pittsburgh Parks for All – PUMP supported the “Pittsburgh Parks for All” referendum that passed in November 2019 to create a parks trust fund and provide equitable, sustained, and critically important investments in parks across all of our neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh. We remain committed to ensuring the fund is used to equitably support maintenance, rehabilitation, capital projects, and programming in the parks so that every person, in every neighborhood, can have access to safe recreational spaces and activities.
- Family Care Act – PUMP supports the Family Care Act, bipartisan, statewide legislation that would establish a paid family and medical leave insurance fund for all Pennsylvania workers. The legislation would help employees care for themselves or loved ones during times of need and is business-friendly. The Family Care Act campaign is led by the Women & Girls Foundation and Pathways PA.
- Allegheny County Children’s Fund – PUMP was a Steering Committee organization for Our kids. Our commitment., which in 2018 advocated for the Allegheny County Children’s Fund, a ballot initiative to support programs proven to ensure the wellbeing of kids: early childhood learning, after school programs, and nutritious meals. Although it did not pass, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald convened a working group to examine the possible creation of a children’s fund. The working group’s recommendations, which PUMP supports, are for a new county department for early learning and out-of-school time programming.
- Kickball for a Cause – Kickball for a Cause is an annual event that raises funds and awareness for nonprofit and charitable organizations in the Pittsburgh region that align with PUMP’s advocacy efforts. People nominate and vote for the nonprofits, and PUMP highlights and raises funds for the chosen cause(s) leading up to and during the tournament.
- PUMPed to Run – PUMPed to Run is a weekday morning running group composed of residents of local homeless shelters and volunteer mentor runners. Through the leadership of PUMP staff and an Advisory Council, the program seeks to encourage sportsmanship and a team mentality to help set physical running goals, promote confidence, and encourage self-sufficiency.
- Pittsburgh Sports League (PSL) – PUMP runs the nationally recognized PSL which brings together over 24,000 young adults of all genders each year through recreational sports and activities.
- Adagio Health Symposium – PUMP is a partial sponsor of the annual Adagio Health Symposium on Transforming Women’s Health. During the inaugural Symposium in 2018 and the second Symposium in 2019, PUMP hosted a networking happy hour in collaboration with Adagio’s Young Leadership Council.
- Community Service – PUMP staff and volunteers perform 2 or more service projects to improve community recreational spaces each year.