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Healthy Cities Program

Chronic diseases like obesity and type 2 diabetes take a toll on residents of Santa Clara County. Chronic diseases affect the quality of life and result in higher healthcare costs. Chronic diseases are also preventable.
The Public Health Department and its many partners provide health education to individuals and healthcare professionals across the County to improve health literacy and knowledge of healthy behaviors, and to reduce risk for disease.  Cities and towns can also do much at the policy, systems, and environmental levels to prevent chronic disease. In recognition of the important role that cities and towns play in promoting the health of residents of and visitors to our County, the Public Health Department launched the Healthy Cities Program in 2016. 
Policies and practices promoted as part of the Healthy Cities Program include those that increase access to:
  • Recreation, physical activity, and safe walking and biking opportunities; 
  • Healthy food and beverage environments; and
  • Tobacco-free and smoke-free communities.

Healthy Cities Program Dashboards

At the end of each calendar year, the Public Health Department shares Dashboards tracking the progress each city and town in the County has made toward achieving policies and strategies promoted as part of the Healthy Cities Program. To view the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Dashboards for your city or town, or to view a PDF sample of the 2019 Dashboard and criteria, please email

Healthy Cities Program Awards

With the release of Dashboards each year, the Public Health Department will recognize cities and towns for their progress in adopting policies aimed at reducing risks for chronic diseases and injuries.
In December of 2018, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department recognized three cities for encouraging their residents and employees to get out of their cars and onto their feet, bicycles, and public transportation. The cities of Cupertino, Mountain View, and Palo Alto received awards for achieving all strategies within the "Support Healthy Commutes" subcategory of the Healthy Cities Dashboard.

Healthy Cities Program Toolkit

The Public Health Department is available to provide technical assistance to help cities and towns within Santa Clara County adopt and implement policies promoted as part of the Program. Click here to view a list of resources and model policies that are being promoted by the Healthy Cities Program.
For additional background information about how your city or town may earn more recognition from the Public Health Department for its work to reduce chronic disease and injury risk, please contact For additional information about specific policies in any or all of the four main health categories promoted as part of the Healthy Cities Program, please contact the individuals listed below: 
Active and Safe Communities

Healthy Food and Beverage Environments

Tobacco-Free Communities

Cross-Cutting Strategies

To learn more about the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention program and other related efforts, please contact:
Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
1775 Story Road, Suite 120
San Jose, CA 95122
Phone: (408) 793-2700
Fax: (408) 251-4014

Last updated: 8/2/2019 10:41 AM