CityHealth Policymakers Webinar Series:
Dr. Colleen Bridger, Director, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
Thursday, October 4, 2018
2:00 pm ET
CityHealth kicked off its new quarterly Policymaker Webinar Series,
which was created as a platform for local leaders to tell their story of pursuing policy change to improve city resident’s health and quality of life.
Our first webinar featured a city official who exemplifies bold policy change: Dr. Colleen Bridger, Health Director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. Earlier this year, Bridger led successful efforts in her city to raise the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21, an evidence based policy called Tobacco 21. The ordinance made San Antonio the first city in Texas to pass the law, which went into effect days before the webinar, on October 1.
Hear Dr. Bridger’s firsthand account of what contributed to her city’s success and what she considers some powerful lessons learned that can be applied to the work of other city leaders trying to spark change in their communities.
Please read Dr. Bridger’s bio.
July 2018 - CityHealth joined with the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente to host the Plenary Session: Unleashing the Power of Policy at the National Associaltion of County and City Health Officials Annual Conference in New Orleans.
Colleen Bridger, MPH, PhD, Director, San Antonio Health District
Andre Quintero, Mayor, El Monte, CA
Sarah Martin, PhD, MPP, MPH, Deputy Director, City of Kansas City, MO Health Department
Bechara Choucair, MD, Chief Community Health Officer, Kaiser Permanente
Catherine Patterson, MPP, Senior Program Officer, de Beaumont Foundation
June 2018 - At the 86th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston, CityHealth held a medal ceremony to celebrate the cities that show the greatest commitment to policymaking that supports the health and quality of life of their residents over the past year.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously passed a resolution in support of city leaders who pursue CityHealth policies. Read the text of the resolution here.
City leaders from Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Louisville, New York City, San Antonio, and Seattle were honored by President of CityHealth, Shelley Hearne, CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, Brian Castrucci, and Senior Vice President and Community Health Officer of Kaiser Permanente, Bechara Choucair.
See photos of the ceremony below, which took place at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum.