Category: Culture of Health

An Imperative for our Time: Defining and Supporting a Well-Being Agenda for Cities

This is guest post by Tyler Norris, chief executive of Well Being Trust. Across America, city leaders — not just mayors and other elected leaders, but also philanthropists, business owners and community organization professionals — know that promoting health and well-being is not just about having enough hospitals and doctors. Over the past three decades,

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Healthy Cities Start With Healthy Babies

Right now, one of the fastest-growing companies in history is selecting the location for its second headquarters — and nearly every city in America wants to be considered. Though we do not know what city Amazon will pick, there are some distinguishing qualities likely to make cities more desirable. Here’s a hint: It’s more than

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Councilmember Flies High While Fighting for Children’s Health

By day, Stacey Denuski flies on airplanes for Boeing as a flight test engineer. But Kenmore, Washington families also know her as City Councilmember Denuski, a leading advocate for children’s health, parks, waterfront access, downtown redevelopment, as well as pedestrian and bike safety. As a councilmember, Denuski champions healthy eating and active living policies —

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Building a ‘Culture of Health’ Starts With Equity and Race

Join NLC Wednesday, Jan. 17 for a Culture of Health Web Forum on Race, Equity and Health. In the United States, life expectancy can vary by more than 15 years for communities separated by a few miles, subway stops or zip codes. This gap stems from structural inequities that include biases based on race, gender,

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Four Key Steps for Effective Pay-for-Success City Programs

This is a guest post by Meg Massey, Outreach & Communications Manager for the Urban Institute’s Pay for Success Initiative. On any given night in Santa Clara County, California, thousands of people experience homelessness. Homelessness is expensive for Santa Clara, costing emergency room visits, mental health services, substance abuse treatment and criminal justice resources — not to

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Building a Culture of Health Through Authentic Engagement

This is a guest post by Eva Marie Stahl and Bridget Clementi. As a national consumer health advocacy organization, Community Catalyst is in the business of community and consumer engagement. Consumers need to have a say in their health and health care – and with good reason. People who engage in health care decision making are

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We Chatted With City Leaders on Twitter About Housing & Health. Here’s What They Had to Say.

On July 26, we co-hosted a briefing with the Urban Institute to explore the role of mayors and city leaders in achieving better health outcomes through safe, affordable housing initiatives. Addressing Health and Housing: How Cities Are Making a Difference focused on emerging city-level affordable housing models and the role of data, partnerships, and financing

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Connecting the Three E’s of Healthy Housing

These cities show that a commitment to equity, engagement and enforcement can provide city leaders with the information they need to adopt an integrated approach to healthy housing efforts that is driven by data, informed by the community, and addresses housing code violations. This post was co-authored by Michelle Miller and Alyia Gaskins. It is

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How Cities Can Support & Finance a Culture of Health

What does it take to ensure cities are healthier places to live, learn, work and play? A strategy that engages the right stakeholders. This post was co-authored by Kevin Barnett, Colby Dailey and Sue Pechilio Polis. When leaders in local government, community development, and the health care system came together to develop a plan for

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Improving Community Health in the Garden State

Guest author Deborah Levine shares with mayors and community leaders her city’s blueprint for coordinating better overall health outcomes in their communities. This is a guest post by Deborah Levine. New Jersey is geographically, economically and ethnically diverse. We are also diverse in terms of health outcomes. Life expectancy, for example, varies widely across the

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