This year’s theme is “Enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement.”
This All-American City Award focuses on celebrating examples of civic engagement practices that advance health and well-being in local communities. The National Civic League is looking for projects that demonstrate inclusive decision-making processes to enhance health and well-being for all, and particularly for populations currently experiencing poorer health outcomes.
Since 1949, the National Civic League has recognized and celebrated the best in American civic innovation with the prestigious All-America City Award. The award, bestowed yearly on 10 communities (more than 500 in all
) recognizes the work of communities in using inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses and nonprofit and government leaders.
With the National Civic League’s co-title sponsors, Kaiser Permanente and Well Being Trust, the 2020 awards reflect the concept that good health for the entire community requires a focus on mental, physical, spiritual, cultural and economic well-being. Addressing disparities and ensuring a thriving environment for all requires work from diverse sectors and stakeholders in a community.
It is with this framing in mind that projects adhering to this year’s theme of health and well-being might include (but are not limited to) projects focusing on:
- healthy & safe environments
- opportunities for lifelong learning
- meaningful and well-paying jobs
- affordable and humane housing
- reliable transportation and accessibility
- environmental health and safety
- a sense of belonging and inclusion
- access to mental health care
- substance-abuse recovery and prevention
- healthy eating and exercising
- affordable, accessible health care
Visit the National Civic League’s website
to get started and learn how to apply. For questions, contact Rebecca Trout
, All-American City Awards and Communications program director.