National Reach: There are five HEAL Nation states that are part of the Heal Cities Campaign the campaign (Maryland, Virginia, California, Colorado and Oregon). The national initiative is managed by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy who released current statistics on the national HEAL Campaign. Currently, there are 292 HEAL Cities that have implemented 421 HEAL policies voted on by 2400 elected officials. These policies benefit 17.3 million people. Talk about impact!
In Oregon, there are 29 HEAL cities touching 511,875 residents (13% of Oregon’s population) in 14 Oregon counties (40% of Oregon’s counties). The majority of the cities are in rural communities; over 80% of Oregon’s HEAL cities having populations under 16,000. The smallest is St. Paul (404 population) while the largest is Gresham (105,594 population).
HEAL Cities Making A Difference: Mayor Sandra Larson of Veneta represented HEAL Cities at the November Oregon Healthiest State Summit. Mayor Larson served on a panel describing how the HEAL Cities Campaign is improving community health for Oregonians and strategies for elected officials to enhance the community health of their residents.
National Visibility: Steffeni Mendoza Gray, Oregon's HEAL Cities manager, was asked to present during the 2015 National Walk Summit held in Washington, D.C. then met with Oregon federal delegation members’ staff to present the work of OPHI and the HEAL Campaign related to walkability.
Community Health Collaboration: OPHI staff coordinated a successful multi-sectoral community health training and forum in Polk County to bring together HEAL City elected officials and staff along with representatives from the Polk County Health Department, the local hospital, chamber of commerce, SAIF, school districts and educational institutions. This forum provided an opportunity for attendees to share their respective community health initiatives with one possible outcome of forming a collective impact community health partnership. Initial agreements to explore joint development of a county-wide biking, walking and trail map and a communications strategy to inform the public about all the community health initiatives being undertaken by these sectors was result of this forum.