Mather's dedication to health boosting Philadelphia communities
Some people might rest on their laurels after helping get a citywide sugary beverage tax passed that led to sweeping health improvements.
Not Dr. Paul Mather.
For one thing, the Philadelphia cardiologist remains vigilant about the beverage industry's efforts to overturn the 3-year-old tax, which research suggests cut adults' monthly soda consumption by 31% and children's daily sugar intake by 22%.
For another, he spearheaded an effort at a West Philadelphia church to address social determinants of health – conditions where people live, learn, work and play that affect their health risks and outcomes. He's also seeing patients, many of whom have heart failure or have received a heart transplant, making them particularly susceptible to complications if they contract COVID-19.