San Francisco Living Wage Ordinance

At a Glance:

Location: San Francisco, California

Date: 1999

Vital Condition: Meaningful Work and Wealth

Determinants of Health: meaningful work and wealth

Affected Population: People Living in Poverty, Workers and Employees

Research Methods: Literature review, Qualitative research, Quantitative research

Community Types: urban

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In response to a request from a city legislator, the San Francisco Department of Public Health conducted an HIA of a proposed city ordinance that would require city contractors and property leaseholders to pay their employees a “living wage” of $11.00 per hour. The HIA quantitatively estimated the potential health effects of the ordinance, predicting potential decreases in days of illness and premature death, and improvements in depressive symptoms.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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