Detroit Evening Report: Dearborn mayor, city win national climate award for public health efforts

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The city of Dearborn was recognized for a 2024 Mayors Climate Protection Award at the U.S. Conference of Mayors for its work on public health and climate policy.

Mayor Abdullah Hammoud was one of 13 mayors to be recognized for leadership in climate policy.

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Ali Abazeed, chief public health officer for the city of Dearborn, says the award recognized the department’s hard work over the past two years.

“For taking a comprehensive approach and a comprehensive look at all of our city policy, ordinances, programs and procedures related to climate, which is basically the essence of what the public health department does. And so it’s really exciting to see this public health model of governance that we’re piloting here in Dearborn get some national recognition for that work,” he said.

Abazeed says the department’s goal is to build a culturally competent health department tailored for the city of Dearborn and its unique demographics.

In a statement last week, Hammoud said ensuring Dearborn residents have the tools to face climate challenges is a “top priority” for his administration. Dearborn was one of six cities with a population over 100,000 to be recognized nationwide by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Full descriptions of the 2024 Mayors Climate Protection Awards winning programs can be found at Other headlines for Monday, July 1, 2024:
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  • Nargis Rahman
    Nargis Hakim Rahman is the Civic Reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman graduated from Wayne State University, where she was a part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.