The National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) invites city leaders to join Cities of Opportunity, a new initiative to make transformative policies and systems change for Healthy People and Thriving Communities. With the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this new 12-month technical assistance initiative will help city teams take a comprehensive approach to address factors that affect how long we live and how well we live.
Up to six city teams will be selected to participate in a 12-month program that offers learnings and supports for policy and systems change on factors that affect health in communities. The following benefits to participating cities will be offered:
- City-centered and context-specific technical assistance to help cities develop action plans for policy and/or systems change in issues and area(s) that affect the health of residents and strength of the city.
- Thought partnership with peer cities, nationally recognized subject matter experts, and philanthropic leaders.
- A focus on equity and race, with an approach that values equity that actively addresses the way that people are situated differently. At the same time, it includes a focus on “closing the gaps” so that race does not predict one’s success, while also improving outcomes for all.
- Strategic use of data and emphasis on the importance of disaggregating data by race and ethnicity to help cities target challenges, identify solutions and guide policy recommendations.
- Peer-to-peer convenings at the beginning and latter end of the 12-month period, as well as monthly technical assistance sessions (with individual city teams and with peers across the cohort) to stimulate dialog on the city’s progress and challenges; to learn about best practices and develop/adapt solutions; and to share accomplishments and lessons learned.
- Access to recent research and innovations to support policy recommendations.
NLC welcomes cities across geographic locales and of various types (e.g., rural, urban, suburban) to join Cities of Opportunity.
Kitty Hsu Dana, Senior Health Policy Advisor, YEF Institute