Governing: Is Your City Helping You Be Healthy? The Rankings Are In.

"Most people spend a few hours a year in the doctor’s office. The other 364 days out of the year, people are in the care of their city."

That's according to Loel Solomon, vice president of community health at Kaiser Permanente. Together with the de Beaumont Foundation as part of the CityHealth initiative, his organization examined the 40 largest cities to see how well they're helping residents live their healthiest lives. They looked at things like paid sick leave policies and whether people can bike or walk to work.

Long Beach Post: Long Beach’s Health and Quality of Life Policies Earn It Silver Medal in New CityHealth Report

By Stephanie Rivera

A recently released report that examined local policies affecting the quality of life and health of residents in the country’s 40 largest cities has awarded Long Beach a silver medal, an improvement over the city’s bronze earning last year.

“The City is proud to be honored for our efforts in adopting policies that really make a difference in residents’ lives,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement. “Our movement from Bronze to Silver status this year shows our City’s commitment to improving quality of life for all who live, work, and play in Long Beach.”

Indiana Public Media: Recent Report Says Pre-K Policies Play Key Role In Health

By Jeanie Lindsay

A new report ranks Indianapolis among the worst major cities in the nation for policies to support community health.

A group called CityHealth includes pre-K as a critical component of health. The group assessed different policies in key areas including transportation and education to assess how they support community outcomes.

San Antonio Express News: Report: S.A. has improved public health policies

By Krista Torralva

San Antonio showed “major” improvement in its public health policies and got special recognition for high-quality prekindergarten education and the city’s tobacco ordinances, according to an annual national ranking released last week.

CityHealth, a nonprofit advocacy group, awarded San Antonio an overall silver medal in an evaluation of public health policies in the nation’s 40 most populous cities. San Antonio did not receive a medal last year, the first year CityHealth put out its report.

“San Antonio was the only city that shot up like this,” CityHealth President Shelley Hearne said. “A lot of cities are paying attention to what happened in San Antonio.”

CityHealth identified nine evidence-based policies that could be implemented in the cities it evaluated. Of those, San Antonio was recognized for its pre-K education, raising the legal smoking age to 21 and its ban on indoor smoking, its complete streets and restaurant food-safety policies.

Smart Cities Dive: Report: Most large US cities earn high marks for public health policies

By Chris Teale

  • A new report has found the majority of large U.S. cities lead the way on adopting policies to help residents’ health and wellbeing, but others are behind. The CityHealth initiative by the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente scored the 40 largest U.S. cities based on nine health policy areas: affordable housing, alcohol sales control, Complete Streets, earned sick leave, food safety, health food procurement at city buildings, high-quality pre-K, smoke-free indoor air and raising the minimum age to buy tobacco to 21.

WTOP News: DC earns ‘silver medal’ for health, quality of life

By Rachel Nania

D.C. is once again on the medal stand for being a healthy city.

The newly released 2018 CityHealth report, which evaluates various policies that support and improve health and quality of life in 40 U.S. cities, awarded the nation’s capital a silver medal.


WJCT Public Media: Report: Jacksonville Lacks Healthful Public Policies

By Ryan Benk

CityHealth, an initiative founded by the de Beaumont Foundation and health insurer Kaiser Permanente, rates Jacksonville near the bottom for policies that encourage good health and a positive quality of life.

The initiative uses a medal system to rate the 40 most populated cities based on nine public policies CityHealth believes will make residents healthier.

“There are about 300 different policies that cities, states, federals have put in place that have an impact on health,” CityHealth President Shelley Hearne said. “We took a look at the entire scope of policies, laws [and] opportunities for cities out there and we put them through a series of filters,” she said.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Report: Columbus trails other large US cities in policies to promote healthy lives

By Kevin Stankiewicz

Columbus is changing — and a new report recommends some of its policies need to follow suit to ensure residents can lead healthy, quality lives.

The report, released Tuesday by CityHealth, studied public-health policies in the country’s 40 largest cities, and found that Columbus met its standards in only three of nine categories: food safety, smoke-free indoor air and laws limiting the purchase of tobacco to those who are at least 21 years old.

OREGONIAN: Portland earns bronze medal for health policies

By Corlyn Voorhees

Portland earned an overall bronze medal rating from a health advocacy group Tuesday for policies that benefit citizens' health and improve quality of life.

Oregon's biggest city received gold medals in two categories relating to tobacco use: the state's tobacco purchasing age of 21 and its ban on smoking and vaping indoors.

CityHealth, an initiative of the du Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, released its first report evaluating health-related city policies in 2017. Portland earned no overall medal last year but was one of 10 cities that improved its ranking in 2018. It earned two bronze medals and two gold medals across the nine policies evaluated in the report.

COLUMBUS PATCH: Columbus Policies Good At Curbing Tobacco, Not Much Else: Report

By Daniel Hampton

When it comes to policies that improve health and well-being of its residents, Columbus policies are really good at curbing tobacco use and having restaurants post safety inspection grades.

But apparently there's a lot of room for improvement.

That's according to a new report released Tuesday by the initiative CityHealth, which examined the 40 largest cities in the U.S. for nine vital policies that help residents live healthier lives and enable communities to thrive.

POLITICO PULSE: CityHealth rates which cities are thriving, failing on public health

By Dan Diamond

The initiative, backed by the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, reviewed whether the 40 largest cities had nine key policies in place like food safety and affordable housing. Cities like Boston and Chicago won "gold medals," while cities like Dallas and Jacksonville rated among the worst performers. See the dashboard.

INDIANAPOLIS STAR: About that study that showed how unfit we are ... Here are a few reasons why.

By Shari Rudavsky 

Another study, another dismal performance for our city.

This one looks at how good a job a city’s policies do at promoting health for its residents.

Remember that study released earlier this month that placed Indianapolis dead last among the nation’s fittest cities?

According to a study released Tuesday from CityHealth, the blame may lie in large part with our city’s policies rather than the people who live here.

CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS: Study: Detroit not improving residents' health, quality of life

By Tyler Clifford

Detroit has made no headway in passing new policies that could improve health and quality of life for people in the city, according to the latest CityHealth report.

The report says the city lags others such as New York, Chicago and Boston, all of which received gold medals overall for "smart policymaking." Detroit did not receive an overall medal.

Maryland-based de Beaumont Foundation and Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente funded the study to grade the country's 40 biggest cities on nine health-related policy categories. The group rates each city on each topic with medals that range descending from gold, silver, bronze and no medal. CityHealth released its first report, which was built on two years of research, in February 2017.

D MAGAZINE: Dallas Is Not a Very Healthy City

By Alex Macon

When your city gets dinged by something called a CityHealth report, it’s probably a sign that we could all stand to do some pushups, right? Kind of, although that’s more the domain of the American Fitness Index, which ranked Dallas this month as the 31st fittest city in the country. (Plano, with its median income that allows residents to buy gym memberships and healthy food, landed in 12th.)

CityHealth, an initiative of the public health policy advocacy group the de Beaumont Foundation and the healthcare consortium Kaiser Permanente, instead looks at city-wide policies that can “improve residents’ health and quality of life.” The gist here is that while not everyone can afford gym memberships, everyone deserves to live in a city that takes steps to make people healthier. Public responsibility vs. personal responsibility and so forth.

LOUISVILLE COURIER JOURNAL: Louisville makes a big leap in its health and quality of life ranking

Louisville has made significant strides to improve residents' health and quality of life, according to a new health policy ranking released Tuesday.

The city earned a bronze medal from CityHealth, an initiative that ranks the country's 40 largest cities on the number and strength of their policies. It was one of just five cities nationwide to improve its medal status from last year.

In particular, Louisville was recognized for its policies on food safety, healthy food procurement, smoke-free indoor air and high-quality, universal pre-kindergarten. 

RIVARD REPORT: National Study Recognizes San Antonio’s Health Policy Initiatives

By Roseanna Garza

A project that analyzes health policies in the nation’s 40 largest cities recognized San Antonio for implementing measures to address community health and well-being, including access to safe streets, educational opportunities, and access to healthy food.

The report published Tuesday was compiled by CityHealth, a policy analysis initiative funded by the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

San Antonio is among nine cities nationwide – and the only one in Texas – to receive an overall silver medal, or “good” quality rating, in 2018 for its policy efforts toward food safety, smoke-free indoor air, and availability of healthy food options. The city was recognized for making a dramatic improvement compared to the initial report where the city received no overall medal.

WPFL: Louisville Makes Progress On Becoming A Healthier City, Report Says

By Lisa Gillespie

Louisville has passed several laws and policies in the past year aimed at helping residents to be healthier, but a new report says the city still has a long way to go.

Nonprofit CItyHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente,  looked at the nation’s 40 largest cities to evaluate whether they have policies in place that better residents’ health and quality of life.

Louisville received one of its lowest rankings for its affordable housing policies. Experts with CityHealth tout inclusionary zoning as the best affordable housing policy. Inclusionary zoning policies — implemented in cities like Chicago, Los Angeles and New York — either encourage or sometimes mandate that new developments sets aside a certain percentage of housing units for low or moderate income levels. Louisville does not have an inclusionary zoning policy.

Becker's Hospital Review: Kaiser Permanente to support CityHealth population health initiative

Written by Anuja Vaidya

Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente is joining the de Beaumont Foundation, a public health philanthropy, in supporting the CityHealth initiative.

The initiative aims to track and report on proven policies focusing on community health priorities to make cities healthier. Specifically, the initiative is promoting nine evidence-based policies addressing socioeconomic health factors, such as affordable housing and education.

The initiative complements Kaiser Permanente's already established community health strategy

"This innovative partnership between two national leaders is a way to catalyze change in city governments so every resident has the opportunity live a healthy life," said Shelley Hearne, DrPH, president of CityHealth. "Working with city leaders through CityHealth, the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente will bring a pragmatic menu of policy options to create real results in American cities, like better pre-K programs for kids and more public places with cleaner, smoke-free air."