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February 22, 2017 | Connecting the 3 E's

Title: Connecting the 3 E’s: The Importance of Equity, Enforcement and Engagement in Advancing City Healthy Housing Efforts

Description: All Americans, and particularly vulnerable children, need healthy and hazard-free housing in order to lead healthy and successful lives. However, the presence of hazards in homes such as lead-based paint, mold, pests, among others, threaten the health, safety and life-long potential of far too many youth and adults. 

Municipal governments typically have the responsibility for enforcing local building codes and inspecting properties for health-related code violations, and are uniquely positioned to improve the conditions in which residents live. Efforts to improve healthy housing are most effective when there is an intentional commitment to addressing disparities and eliminating the root causes of housing hazards, engaging residents in healthy housing interventions, and enforcing housing code violations. It is also critical for city leaders to consider how housing related issues such as affordability, gentrification, and displacement impact equity, engagement and enforcement and ultimately the ability of children and families to live in safe, healthy environments. 

The upcoming web forum will highlight city-level strategies that make the best use of municipal codes and ordinances, health resources and other assets to make sustainable changes that strengthen equity, engagement and enforcement strategies. City leaders from Kansas City, MO, Greensboro, NC and Rochester, NY will share best practices and lessons learned from their respective initiatives. Additionally, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes and other national experts from the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative will share examples of innovative tools and resources that city leaders can use to support their healthy housing efforts and ensure all residents live in healthy, hazard-free homes. 

Cost: Free

NLC University Credits: 0

January 19, 2017 | Financing a Culture of Health

Title: Financing a Culture of Health: How Cities are Using Innovative Financing Approaches to Improve Health & Well-Being

Description: Now more than ever with tight budget and fiscal constraints, cities must be more creative in leveraging the assets within their cities and communities to finance efforts to improve health and well-being. It’s vital to look across sectors and at shared opportunities to increase access to the elements that in part, determine our health, such as healthy, safe and affordable housing, transportation, healthy food access, job opportunities and health care for individuals and families. Mayors and city leaders are well positioned to form partnerships across sectors to develop innovative strategies that ensure efforts are appropriately supported and ultimately sustainable. 

Please join us for an interactive Web Forum on Thursday, January 19th where we will discuss lessons learned and share insights from communities and national leaders who have used a variety of strategies to finance and support key initiatives that address factors that influence our health and well-being. Presenters will also provide recommendations for success and take participant questions. 

Cost: Free

NLC University Credits: 0

December 6, 2016 | Health Data for City Leaders

Title: Health Data for City Leaders: Where to Find It, How to Use It, and Why It’s Important

Description: There are two sides to the story regarding existing health data: On one hand, current data reveal discouraging health trends with significant disparities in how long we live and how well we live. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), one in five of us live in neighborhoods with high rates of crime, pollution, inadequate housing, lack of jobs, and limited access to nutritious food. But there are also data that give us reason to be optimistic for the future. New evidence tells us that the pathway to becoming a healthier, more equitable society is readily achievable. 

The importance of data for city leaders when developing, analyzing, and evaluating policies and programs is clear. Please join us for this important web forum as we discuss ways cities can use data more efficiently to improve the health and well-being of all communities. You will be joined by experts from Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) and Community Commons, who will share data tools and resources to support efforts to build a Culture of Health. Leaders from Seattle, Washington and Santa Monica, California will also share latest trends, best practices and lessons learned from their respective initiatives. 

Nick Wallace, Associate, National League of Cities 
Peter Eckart, Director, Center for Health and Information Technology, Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) 
Alison Rein, Senior Director, Evidence Generation and Translation, AcademyHealth 
Stacy Wegly, Senior Associate, Community Initiatives 
Amy Laurent, Epidemiologist, Public Health Seattle/King County

Cost: Free

NLC University Credits: 0


October 27, 2016 | A Level Playing Field

Title: A Level Playing Field: Addressing City Issues through the Lens of Equity

Description: Several years have passed since the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Commission to Build a Healthier America announced a key finding -- zip codes may be a more important predictor of health than genetic codes. This finding spurred a significant shift and focus on the intersections among key issues and their impact on health. As a result, we know that ‘place matters’ and access to high performing schools, affordable housing, healthy food, good jobs and safe spaces for physical activity — often called the social determinants of health—ultimately make a difference in how well we live and how long we live. Children and families growing up in communities that lack these health promoting resources often suffer poorer health outcomes than their peers. These differences in health are known as health disparities and disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. 

So how can city leaders be more explicit about the intersections between place, race and health in policy, program and practice decisions? Please join us for this important web forum as we explore innovative city-led efforts to address racial and ethnic health disparities with leaders from the City of Baltimore and national organizations such as Policy Link who are leading a variety of efforts to better confront these challenges. You will also learn about tools and resources to support efforts to build a Culture of Health and advance health equity. 

Alyia Gaskins, Senior Associate, National League of Cities 
Stephanie V. Boarden, Associate Director, PolicyLink Center for Health Equity and Place 
Leon Andrews, Director, Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL), National League of Cities 
Holly Freishtat, Baltimore City Food Policy Director 
Eva Elva Yañez, Director of Health Equity, Prevention Institute 

Cost: Free

NLC University Credits: 0

October 6, 2016 | Childhood Trauma & Community Resilience

Title: Childhood Trauma and Community Resilience: What You Need to Know to Build a Safer and Healthier City

Description: Compelling research tells us that adverse childhood experiences, including exposure to violence and numerous other traumatic events, can harm brain development and increase the risk of serious health and mental health problems later in life. The good news is that city leaders and their community partners can take important steps to build resilience and help children overcome the effects of early trauma. Join us for this webinar to learn how trauma-informed policies and practices can make your city safer and promote young people's full and healthy development.

Cost: Free

NLC University Credits: 0

September 9, 2016 | Thriving Cities

Title: Thriving Cities: Building a Culture of Health Where WE Live, Learn, Work and Play

Description: RWJF’s vision is to advance a Culture of Health (CoH) in every community across the United States by creating a movement where health is a shared value and is an important factor in key policy decisions. In this model, a Culture of Health includes not only high quality health care, but also ensuring all residents have access to high quality early childhood programs, good schools, good jobs, affordable housing, safe and active transportation options, places to play and healthy foods. Rooted in this vision is the opportunity to work in cross-cutting ways using data to target and tailor high impact strategies and policies so that all resources are directed to improving health. Tools and guidance such as those available through the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration between RWJF and the University of Wisconsin, can support community leaders who want to make this vision of communities where all families can thrive a reality.

Jamie Bussel, MPH, Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 
Julie Williams Van Dijik, RN, PhD, Director, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) 
Rex Archer, MD, MPH, Director of Health, Kansas City, MO
Seft Hunter, PhD, Chief Operating Officer, Communities Creating Opportunity (COO)
Sue Pechilio Polis, Director, Health & Wellness, National League of Cities (NLC) 

Cost: Free

NLC University Credits: 0

Archived Webinars

August 16, 2012 - All About Intermediaries
Learn about the importance of intermediaries in building Out-of-School Time (OST) systems in the first of a three-part webinar series on OST system building.

September 11, 2012 Complying with the Affordable Care Act: A Guide for Cities and Towns
This webinar will will supply the information local officials need to know about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in order to ensure that their city or town is in compliance.

September 13, 2012 - How a Municipal Network Can Help Your City
Participants will learn about the report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and city officials and staff who have examined how a municipal network can benefit them and have successfully implemented it.

September 21, 2012 Streamlining Code Compliance
This webinar will present strategies cities can use to streamline - and thus increase - code compliance.


Archived Webinars

Healthy Communities for a Healthy Future: Supporting Let's Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties
RECORDED 8/15/2012: Tune in to this webinar to learn how NLC and its partners will assist local elected officials who sign up their communities to participate in LMCTC in achieving five goals to improve the health of local residents.

Managing Foreclosures and Vacant Properties
RECORDED 9/9/2012: Tune in to learn how to focus on the solutions to deal with the four significant stages in the management of foreclosures and vacant property.

City Innovations to Empower Families in the Evolving Financial Marketplace
RECORDED 6/14/2012: This webinar highlights a new set of case studies on an emerging city strategy for ensuring that more young children are poised for educational success.

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