City leaders are uniquely positioned to advance cross-cutting approaches that address underlying factors affecting the health of their residents and the vibrancy of their city. The National League of Cities launched Cities of Opportunity in October 2018 to strengthen the capacity of city leaders to work in a more holistic way to address social determinants of health. NLC recruited 12 cities in a pilot to “try on” the initiative, designed to meet cities where they are with a flexible set of resources and city-centered, context-specific technical assistance.


The pilot affirmed key elements of the initiative and pointed to ways to improve the next stage of Cities of Opportunity. Read an executive summary here.