Tag: Health

The Ongoing Veteran Healthcare Crisis

Millions of veterans encounter health challenges every day, often as a direct result of their service. According to a recent survey of injured post-9/11 veterans, 94 percent experienced physical injuries that are considered severe, 91 percent live with severe mental health conditions, and nearly a third need aid and attendance with everyday activities because of their injuries. Particularly

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America Needs a Bigger Healthcare Workforce

For cities across America to remain competitive, and to continue to create healthy and vibrant communities, our nation needs to ensure that we have a trained and skilled workforce. The U.S. will need to hire 2.3 million more healthcare workers by 2025 to meet the growing workforce gaps that exist in every occupation across the

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Advancing Health Equity Across Systems in Your City

As part of Grand Rapids’ participation in the Cities of Opportunity pilot, an initiative to advance cross-sector health equity work, the city added health and environment as a new strategic priority. The National League of Cities (NLC) spoke with Becky Jo Glover, chief customer service and innovation officer for the City of Grand Rapids, and

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Making Health Policy Consumer Friendly with Restaurant Grading

The Only Secret Should Be the Sauce By Dr. Jonathan Fielding Americans don’t just love to eat; we love to know about the foods we’re eating. Labels in restaurants increasingly inform the consumer about ingredients, calories, and even how animals have been raised. But good luck trying to find out if your restaurant choice fares

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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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NLC Cities of Opportunity Pilot Promotes ‘Healthy People, Thriving Communities’

On any given day, city leaders confront a challenging array of issues. From the lack of affordable, stable housing for city residents to the need for reliable transportation and greater access to good-paying, high-quality jobs, mayors and city councilmembers have no shortage of pressing items on their list of priorities. These to-do lists reflect in

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How Three Cities Are Addressing Minority Health Disparities

Ever year in April, National Minority Health Month highlights the health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minority populations — and the ways in which legislation, policy and programs can help advance health equity. While health indicators such as life expectancy and infant mortality have improved for most Americans, minorities still experience a disproportionate

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State of the City: The Case of Healthcare

In advance of our annual State of the Cities report, which will be released later this year, this blog series captures speeches given by mayors in 2017. This blog is part three of a four-part series focused on mayoral dialogues and sentiments around the fiscal responsibility of the city and the retirement needs of the

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Cities Should Shift Diets to Meet Climate Goals

This is a guest post by Steve Cohen, Food Policy and Program Manager in the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and Chloë Waterman, Senior Food Campaigner for Friends of the Earth U.S. Today, with the federal government denying the contribution of humans to climate change and dismantling climate action policies, Americans are increasingly reliant on

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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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