Health and Wellness

Culture of Health
Culture of Health

Mayors and city leaders play a pivotal role in the overall health and well-being of the cities and towns they serve. NLC is leading an effort to educate, train and build the capacity of city leaders to address the social determinants of health and improve health outcomes where individuals live, learn, work and play. 

From seeding promising practices and innovative approaches to leading cross-sector initiatives, NLC will engage mayors and city leaders in problem-solving sessions, trainings and peer-learning networks to ensure health is a key factor in their decisions across a range of issues, including education, early childhood, housing, land use, transportation and community development.

Featured Opportunity

City-Anchor Partners Leverage Assets to Improve Health

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (2:00 to 3:00 pm ET) – Register here

City leaders and anchor partners from Columbus and Memphis are leveraging local assets to improve factors that affect health.  Healthy Homes in Columbus and the Memphis Medical District Collaborate are increasing affordable housing, catalyzing community development, adding jobs, improving workforce development, and spurring neighborhood-centered planning and design.  This Culture of Health web forum is the second in a series co-sponsored by NLC and Marga, Incorporated.


  • Hannah Jones – Deputy Director of Community Development, City of Columbus, OH
  • Doug McGowen – Chief Operating Officer, City of Memphis, TN
  • Tommy Pacello – President, Memphis Medical District Collaborative
  • Gretchen West – Exec Director, Healthy Homes, Columbus, OH


Invitation to Join

Cities of Opportunity: Healthy People, Thriving Communities
To harness the power of city leadership to address social determinants of health, the National League of Cities (NLC) is piloting Cities of Opportunity, which offers an agenda for action that seeks to improve the health and well-being of city residents. Through the pilot, NLC will help city leaders develop and implement robust, integrated action plans for their communities that are informed by peer learning and engagement with national experts. Learn more.

Mayors' Institute on Opioids: Aligning Local and State Leaders to Address the Epidemic

NLC brought the mayors of Huntington, West Virginia; Knoxville, Tennessee; Madison, Wisconsin; Manchester, New Hampshire; New Bedford, Massachusetts; and Tacoma, Washington together in Boston on May 9-11, 2018 to engage in practical, solutions-oriented discussions and peer-to-peer learning opportunities to help them deal with the opioid epidemic in their communities.

Included below are the background document city officials used to prepare for the Mayors' Institute and remarks from NLC Executive Director and CEO Clarence E. Anthony:

Report: Opioid Use Disorder: City Actions and Opportunities to Address the Epidemic

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic Together by Clarence E. Anthony

Coming Soon: The Executive Summary of the Mayors' Institute on Opioids


Cities Advancing a Culture of Health
Advancing Education & Health through the Community Schools Strategy

To read our Education and Health Backgrounder, click here.

To read our Mayors' Institute Executive Summary, click here

Health Disparities

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, we established the Learning Collaborative on Health Disparities. The purpose of this collaborative is to develop and frame emerging local models to reduce childhood obesity-related health disparities. 

Let's Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties

Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) is a key part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let’s Move! initiative. Through LMCTC, we help local elected officials develop long-term and sustainable strategies to promote healthy eating and increased physical activity in their communities. 

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