Currently, 39 cities across the state have adopted policies and systems that promote access to healthy, affordable foods, convenient access to opportunities for physical activity and recreation, and workplace wellness for municipal employees. These policies set the framework for healthy, prosperous communities where people live, work, and play.
Role of City Agencies
The city plays an important role in health. Cities that build environments that promote social, mental, and physical health help make the healthy choice the easy choice. People make healthier choices when healthy options are accessible, affordable, attractive, and convenient. By expanding options for healthy eating and active living around the places Oregonians live, work, play, shop, go to school, and worship, a city can help fight the epidemic of weight-related illness. Prevention is always cheaper and more effective than any medical treatment.
The HEAL Cities Campaign promotes policies that lead to equitable health outcomes and support the overall well-being of all families and businesses, especially those in neighborhoods with the greatest health disparities.
As a leader, you have a pretty good idea of how your city could be healthier. Let us help you improve the environment for health in your community. You can:
- Browse our menu of HEAL POLICIES in Land Use & Transportation, Access to Healthy Food Options, Shared Use, and Workplace Wellness, or pick something off our Top 10 list.
- See the three ways your city can Join the HEAL Cities Campaign.
- Ask for free Technical Assistance and learn what Other Jurisdictions are doing
- Find tools that will work for you on the Toolkits page,
- Learn more at upcoming Webinars and Trainings under the EVENTS tab.
- Sign up here for news, funding opportunities, and other information regarding the HEAL Cities Campaign
HEAL Small Grants Now Available for HEAL Cities!
The HEAL Cities Small Grant funding is designed to assist cities in implementing HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) policies with a focus on addressing health inequities. All cities that join the HEAL Cities Campaign by July 3 are eligible to apply. Applications are due by July 18, 2017 at 5 p.m. Grantees will be announced the week of August 14. OPHI will disburse a grant pool of $35,000 in amounts between $5,000 and $15,000 to up to six (6) cities to implement HEAL policies.
The HEAL Small Grants Program is part of the HEAL Cities Campaign that helps civic leaders develop and sustain healthy communities by encouraging cities to adopt policies that over time will expand the options for city residents, visitors, and employees to have healthier food options in their community and/or be more physically active (HEAL policies). The Campaign is managed by the Oregon Public Health Institute (OPHI) through a partnership with the League of Oregon Cities (LOC).
The Campaign offers many tools to assist cities throughout Oregon to adopt and implement HEAL policies and programs. On the Campaign website, cities can browse a policy library and download one-page info sheets with guidance on the most popular HEAL policies.
How to apply:
- Submit a complete Application to Jamie Nash (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5:00 pm on July 18, 2017.
- Learn more about the Small Grants process in the FAQ document.
- Contact Jamie Nash (email@example.com) or (503) 227-5502 x223 for more information on the application process.
- Note that only HEAL Cities are eligible to apply for a HEAL Small Grant. Cities that have not joined the Campaign by July 3, 2017 are ineligible for the 2017 Small Grants.
Watch how Cities can play a role in building healthier environments:
The HEAL Cities Campaign is a joint project between the Oregon Public Health Institute and the League of Oregon Cities, with generous funding from Kaiser Permanente.