New Cities of Opportunity Initiative: Healthy People, Thriving Communities

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.

City leaders are uniquely positioned to advance cross-cutting approaches that address underlying factors affecting the health of all of their residents and the vibrancy of their city.


Deadline for Application

  • End of the day (in your time zone) Friday, August 30, 2019.


The Vision and Impetus for Action

Cities of Opportunity are places where all residents can reach their full potential and live healthy, productive and fulfilling lives as part of a thriving community. In these cities, all residents—regardless of geography, race/ethnicity, age, background, gender or wealth—have access to:

  • Opportunities to learn and grow, from early childhood through postsecondary education;
  • Affordable, safe and healthy housing;
  • Economic opportunities, including family-supporting jobs and essential income supports;
  • Transportation and social networks that connect them to jobs, schools and community resources;
  • Safe neighborhoods that include accessible places to play and maintain active lifestyles; and
  • Affordable, healthy foods and other community and family necessities.