Engaging Residents to Improve Health

When I was a public health director I learned that 70% of our personal health is due to our behavior and environment, not genetics. Two sets of individuals that have won our Robert Wood Johnson Health Equity Award have shown that community engagement in health can alleviate heart disease and other problems that disproportionately affect certain populations. You can learn more about these success stories here. Please see information on how to apply for this year's award below.   

President, National Civic League
All-America City 
Awards & Conference: 
Announcing our Keynotes! 
Past AAC award winners and other interested folks are invited to join the League for our 70th Anniversary All-America City Awards and Conference. This year's event will include a one-day conference, anniversary reception, networking opportunities, community presentations to a jury of national experts and the following keynote speakers: 
- Honorable Henry Cisneros
- Alicia Lara, United Way Worldwide
- David Mathews, Kettering Fndn
- La June Montgomery, Kellogg Fndn
Read more and register.
Apply Now: 
Robert Wood Johnson
 Health Equity Award
Do you know someone who deserves a pat on the back for their work to improve health equity? The League is working with the RWJ Foundation to give national visibility and a $3,000 cash award to individuals who are using civic engagement to improve health outcomes for those most impacted by health disparities. The League recognizes that, to achieve health equity, we must address the challenges of populations facing disparities in health, education and economic opportunity.
Read more.
Recruitment & Retention of Underrepresented Populations in Local Gov.
In this ICMA Leading Edge Research report, Kendra L. Smith, Ph.D., director of community engagement for the University of Houston - College of Medicine, highlights local governments that excel in increasing diversity and fostering inclusiveness. The report offers new findings and recommendations that can help local leaders in building programs that go beyond compliance and create hiring and retention processes that are robust and equitable and that secure the best candidates possible.
Read more.

City of Chula Vista Ranked One of the Top U.S. Cities for Integrating Immigrants
The New American Economy's (NAE) Cities Index has ranked Chula Vista, CA fourth out the country's 100 largest cities for how they integrate immigrants. The NAE Cities Index ranks cities in various categories related to policy and socioeconomic equity. Chula Vista received perfect scores for Inclusivity, Job Opportunities, and Livability for immigrants. 

Anniversary Feature: 
125 Examples of 
Civic Capital 
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 have been recognized for engaging community members in collaborative efforts to improve education, health care, economic prosperity and the general quality of life. 

Webinar: Community Collaborations to Improve Student Health
Join the League for an upcoming webinar,"Community Collaborations to Improve Student Health," on March 19th. Two cities are bringing their communities together to address student health with in-school interventions. Kershaw County, SC will discuss the offerings of their school-based health center. Las Vegas, NV will discuss their Healthy School, Healthy Life Program.  Register here.
Additional Information & Upcoming Events

2019 All-America City Award Application
This year's theme is "Creating Healthy Communities Through Inclusive Civic Engagement." 
Learn more and apply by March 6, 2019. 

All-America City Hall of Fame Project Application
To celebrate the Award's 70th anniversary and continue recognizing the great work of All-America Cities, the National Civic League has created a Hall of Fame Award to recognize an outstanding civic engagement initiative in the community since winning the All-America City Award. 

2019 Annual Conference, American Society for Public Administration
March 8-12, 2019 in Washington, DC
Learn more about ASPA's Social Equity Track and register for the main conference. 

Congressional City Conference (National League of Cities)
March 10-13, 2019 in Washington, DC

Forum 2019 (National Forum for Black Public Administrators)
April 3-7, 2019 in Orlando, FL

113th Annual Conference (Government Finance Officers Association)
May 19-22, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA
Thank you to National Civic League Sustaining Member  Cities and Towns:

Asheboro, NC
Aurora, CO
Chula Vista, CA
Decatur, GA
Denver, CO
Dublin, CA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Illinois Municipal League
Gladstone, MO
Hayward, CA
Lakewood, CO
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
Delta Dental
Government Finance Officers Association
Greenberg Traurig
International City / County Management Association
Kaiser Permanente
Kettering Foundation
National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation
National League of Cities
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Southwest Airlines
United Way Worldwide
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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