Community Health Equity Work Abounds!
People all over the country are working on community efforts to improve health equity. In the process of seeking nominations for the annual Health Equity Award we provide in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (see this year's winner, below), we found many other great examples of grass roots activities to help people live healthier lives. Click here for a few examples of such work.
President, National Civic League

Winner of the League's Health Equity 
Award Announced
Dr. Shreya Kangovi, a primary care doctor, civic leader, and founding Executive Director of the Penn Center for Community Health Workers (CHWs), is the 2019 winner of the  annual Health Equity Award presented by the National Civic League in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has pushed the boundaries of thinking about what is possible in health care.  Read more.

Turning to One Another 
to Reverse the Diseases  and Deaths of Despair
By Tyler Norris, Well Being Trust 
Almost three decades ago, while serving at the National Civic League (NCL) and helping grow the healthy communities movement under the leadership of the late John Parr and Chris Gates -- we pioneered new approaches to improve health and quality of life by actively engaging community residents alongside civic leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.  Read more.

Book Review: Triumph of the City by Harvard economist, Edward Glaeser
Urbanists everywhere are discussing the "return to the city," or the re-urbanization of suburbanites and the importance of density in economic development and growth. In Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier, Glaeser champions this trend, arguing that urban life is better for humanity economically, socially, and in almost every other way.  Read more.
Join Our Team! The League is Searching for a
Program Director  for
Civic Engagement
This position directs the League's civic assistance program, through which the League provides direct assistance to communities in different parts of the U.S., with usually 2-3 communities involved each year. The position is also responsible for overseeing a contract that promotes the use of solar energy and other activities that advance environmental sustainability and community health. Apply by June 6.  Read more.

Anniversary Feature: 125 Examples of Civic Capital - From Norfolk, VA
to Salinas, CA  and More
In honor of the League's 125th Anniversary, we will be using our newsletter to highlight 125 community initiatives that use civic capital to solve problems and build equitable, thriving communities. These cities and counties have been recognized for engaging community members in collaborative efforts to improve education, health care, economic prosperity and the general quality of life.  Today, examples 51-60.  

The League's Board Elects
Four New Members
from California, Georgia, North Carolina and Kentucky
Two mayors, a city financial officer and a foundation program director were elected to the League's board of directors.  Mayor Patti Garrett of Decatur, GA, Mayor Mary Casillas Salas of Chula Vista, CA, Jessica Brown-Linton, Deputy CFO, Durham County, NC, and Tony Peyton, Program Director at the C.E.&S. Foundation.  Our board of directors is made up of 24 civic leaders from around the U.S.    Read more.
Additional Information & Upcoming Events

2019 All-America City Award & Conference
June 21-23, 2019 in Denver, CO
This year's theme is "Creating Healthy Communities Through Inclusive Civic Engagement." 

NACo (National Association of Counties) Annual Conference & Exposition
July 12-15, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV

105th Annual Conference (ICMA)
October 20-23, 2019 in Nashville, TN

Thank you to National Civic League Sustaining Member  Cities and Towns:

Asheboro, NC
Aurora, CO
Chula Vista, CA
Decatur, GA
Denver, CO
Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.
Dublin, CA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Gladstone, MO
Hayward, CA
Illinois Municipal League
Kershaw County, SC
Lakewood, CO
Las Vegas, NV
Little Rock, AR
Rancho Cordova, CA
Roanoke, VA
San Antonio, TX
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa Housing Authority
Tupelo, MS
Thank you to National Civic League Partner Organizations:

American Society for Public Administration
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation
Colorado Health Foundation
Delta Dental
Government Finance Officers Association
Greenberg Traurig
International City / County Management Association
Kaiser Permanente
Kettering Foundation
National Academy of Public Administration
National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation
National League of Cities
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
Rawson Family Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Southwest Airlines
United States Census Bureau
United Way Worldwide
Well Being Trust
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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