CityHealth aims to help cities thrive through policies that improve people’s day-to-day quality of life, well-being and health.
Our ratings are the culmination of a two-year assessment of how the nation’s 40 largest cities fare in nine policies based in research, backed by qualified experts and shown to have bipartisan support. With these policies in place, cities will attract families who want the best for themselves and their children, young people looking for interesting places to work and businesses that need high-quality talent. The bottom line: These policies will improve lives and help cities thrive.
With nine policies across 40 cities, CityHealth had a total of 360 possible policy medals to award. Cities earned a total of 181, with each city receiving at least one policy medal.
With 179 policy medals left unearned, a range of opportunities remain for cities to improve the well-being of their communities.
Within three years, CityHealth will update its assessment—and add new policies—to track cities’ progress, as well as publish special issue briefs in relevant topics. In the meantime, we will support learning communities and provide direct technical assistance to cities interested in advancing policy change.
CityHealth was conceived by the de Beaumont Foundation. Our findings are the result of the efforts, expertise, review, and breakthrough moments of clarity from many, many esteemed advisors.
Since 1998, the de Beaumont Foundation has worked to transform public health in the United States.
The de Beaumont Foundation’s mission is to strengthen and transform public health in the United States. The Foundation improves the effectiveness and capacity of local and state health departments through research, collaboration, and strategic grantmaking. CityHealth is an expression of the Foundation’s view that policy is among the most important tools available to local and state governments to improve the health of their communities. It is part of our efforts to help public health agencies catalyze change, lead action, and engage partners so they can save lives and make communities healthier.
Dr. Hearne provides strategic oversight and direction for CityHealth’s big picture—from research design and analysis to partner and policymaker outreach.
Shelley has spent over three decades as a change maker bent on boosting the health, safety, and sustainability of our planet and the people on it. She works with foundations, policy-makers, the private and non-profit sectors to tackle some of the thorniest health and environmental issues of the day: from finding solutions in urban health policy to reducing exposure to toxic chemicals in our everyday lives.
Beth Jacob provides ongoing management and direction for all aspects of the CityHealth project, with a special focus on policy and communication strategy.
Beth brings twenty years’ worth of experience in policy analysis, campaign strategy, and communications to her work as the director of CityHealth. She has managed complex, national efforts for a variety of major foundations, non-profits and campaigns, tackling topics ranging from high-quality pre-k and children’s healthy weight to improving access to healthcare and families’ economic security.
Our highly-qualified panel of experts comes from a wide range of sectors across the country and political spectrum. Their participation did not constitute an endorsement of the package, or of individual policies.
Chair, CityHealth Advisory Panel
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Director of Public Sector Innovation
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Chief Community Health Officer and Senior Vice President
Community Health and Benefit for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health
Livable Communities, AARP
CityHealth consulted a wide variety of experts for advice and counsel, especially in setting policy scoring criteria and reviewing city ratings. However, their participation does not constitute an endorsement of our policies or findings.