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Healthy Cities Initiative

To help cities across Santa Clara County adopt policy and practice changes that prevent chronic disease and injury, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) launched the Healthy Cities Initiative in 2016.
Policies and strategies promoted as part of the Initiative have been adapted from published resources, peer-reviewed research, and other promising or evidence-based best practices established by leading health experts like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The various policies and strategies included as part of the Initiative promote health via one of four broad themes or categories: 1) Active & Safe Communities; 2) Healthy Food & Beverage Environments; 3) Tobacco-Free Communities; and 4) Cross-Cutting Strategies.
A number of resources have been developed and collected by the SCCPHD to assist cities interested in participating in the Initiative.

Healthy Cities Initiative Dashboards

To make it easier for cities to track their progress in adopting policies and strategies aimed at preventing chronic disease and injury, city-specific Dashboards have been developed to indicate policies and strategies that have been adopted or achieved to date in a given city or town within the County.

​Healthy Cities Initiative Awards

To acknowledge the amazing work being done by cities to promote health, awards will be presented to cities on an annual basis.

Healthy Cities Initiative Toolkit

A Healthy Cities Initiative Toolkit has been assembled to provide cities with resources to pass and adopt health policies and strategies that SCCPHD is promoting as part of the Initiative.
If you have any questions about the Healthy Cities Initiative, please contact the Santa Clara County Public Health Department at

To learn more about the Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention and other related efforts, please contact:
Center for Chronic Disease and Injury​ Prevention
1400 Parkmoor Avenue, Suite 120 B
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 408-793-2700
Fax: 408-793-2731 
Last updated: 9/26/2017 5:53 PM