Almost 86% of Americans live in cities. Impacted by local, regional and national conditions and events, cities are marked by continuous change, including becoming more racially and ethnically diverse over the last 10 years. This brief presents some of the innovative and transformational policies, systems, and programs developed and implemented by cities participating in Cities of Opportunity (CoO) and describes how the initiative has catalyzed their continuing equity work.

See the results of an evaluative study on how the CoO approach to “meet cities where they are” has led to city improvements in health and racial equity: Cities of Opportunity: Pathway to Equity.