Health Equity at the National Civic League

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The National Civic League focuses much of its work on equity, and health equity in particular. This work extends from our core mission:

The mission of the National Civic League is to advance civic engagement to create equitable, thriving communities.

Health Equity is embedded into League programs, including:

  • All-America City Award
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-National Civic League Health Equity Award
  • Webinar Series
  • Promising Practices Database
  • National Civic Review

All-America City Award

Our flagship program has focused on equity for the past three years. The theme of the 2018 award was Racial Equity and Inclusion. In 2019 we focused specifically on health equity. In 2020 we are focusing on health and well-being, with one of the major criteria being equity:

The 2020 All-America City Award

The 2020 All-America City theme is “Enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement.” The 2020 All-America City Award is focused on celebrating examples of civic engagement practices that advance health and well-being in local communities. We are looking for projects that demonstrate inclusive decision-making processes to enhance health and well-being for all, and particularly for populations currently experiencing poorer health outcomes.

The 2019 All-America City Award

The 2019 All-America City Awards and conference included a one-day conference featuring workshops on health equity. Conference workshops focused on the League’s concept of healthy communities. Access workshop descriptions and presentation slides. 

One of the 6 All-America City award criteria is Inclusiveness and Equity: Intentional involvement of diverse segments and perspectives (ethnic, racial, socio-economic, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, people with disabilities, and others) in community decision-making.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-National Civic League Health Equity Award

The National Civic League has a seven-year agreement with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to award an annual Health Equity Award. The RWJF-National Civic League Health Equity Award award recognizes and honors individuals that have successfully implemented a systems change approach within the past two years to improve health outcomes for those most impacted by health disparities

The National Civic League believes that to achieve health equity we must understand the challenges, aspirations, barriers and realities of the community. To share the example of innovative approaches to equity and shine a light on leaders across this country, the League has partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Together with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Civic League is recognizing, celebrating and rewarding individuals who are making health equity a reality in their community. The League’s Health Equity Award recognizes individuals who are leveraging engagement to improve health outcomes for those most impacted by health disparities.

Webinar Series

Many of the webinars in the League’s Promising Practices webinar series have focused on health and health equity.

JANUARY 22, 2020

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Community Collaborations to Address Mental Health

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” This webinar will highlighted two community programs that are addressing mental health issues through collaborations and unique partnerships.

AUGUST 28, 2019

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Improving Health and Fitness through Inclusive Community Challenges

Two 2019 All-America Cities spoke about local programs and health challenges aimed at addressing obesity, diabetes and general well-being.

MARCH 19, 2019

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Community Collaborations to Improve Student Health

During this All-America Cities Promising Practices webinar, Susan Witkowski, CHCQM, CEO of Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County discussed the offerings of their school-based health center and Lisa Campbell, CEO of Create a Change in Las Vegas, NV discussed their Healthy School, Healthy Life Program.

JANUARY 10, 2019

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Addressing Addiction on a Community-Wide Level

Two communities discussed their local intervention programs to address drug and/or alcohol abuse. Beaverton, OR spoke about their B-SOBR program and Hamilton County, OH gave an overview of their Hamilton County Heroin Coalition.

OCTOBER 16, 2017

Racial Equity and Healing

The Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change in our society, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.

JUNE 29, 2017

Health Equity and the Role of Civic Engagement

Understanding what matters when it comes to health equity and American communities.

Promising Practices Database

This database includes summaries of projects that leverage civic engagement from All-America Cities and other communities. The database includes 38 stories of community work on health equity:

National Civic Review

Many of the articles featured in the League’s quarterly journal, National Civic Review, have focused on health and health equity.

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