June 2015 

HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign
Now Serves over 1 Million Residents 
in Maryland and Virginia

With the passage of HEAL Resolutions in Virginia Beach and Richmond, the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign now reaches over one million residents in Maryland and Virginia.

The Richmond City Council has adopted two resolutions that will ensure the incorporation of health into future planning and programs. This legislation, unanimously adopted by City Council, serves to incorporate health considerations into decision-making processes across sectors that influence health.


The Health in All Policies (HiAP) and Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Cities and Towns Resolutions are outgrowths of Mayor Dwight Jones' Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Policy and fall under the auspices of the Mayor's Healthy Richmond Campaign. The HiAP legislation calls for the City to incorporate "fair and just" principles into policymaking and to consider the health impacts of decisions made by all aspects of local government. A team of City departmental leaders will be formed to implement the HiAP framework across all departments, agencies, and offices, in order to promote health, and well-being and overall quality of life of all residents, regardless of whom they are or where they live. 


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IPHI Launches the Maryland Food Policy Network.

This initiative will unite strategic partners from Maryland's local and regional food policy councils and other similar multi-sector food coalitions. This network will represent multiple food system sectors and interests across the state's five main regions (Western Region, Capital Region, Central Region, Southern Region and the Eastern Shore Region). During 2015, IPHI will focus on conducting a series of regional convenings within the state combined with an asset-based assessment in order to develop a Maryland Food Policy Blueprint that will outline action steps and recommendations to create an optimal state-level food system.

IPHI Hosts a Forum on Community Health Workers with support from NNPHI, RWJF, and VDH, and a community advisory board.

The Institute for Public Health Innovation, with support from the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Virginia Department of Health, and a community advisory board hosted a forum on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 titled, "Investing in Community Health Workers: Advancing Virginia's Health, Reducing Cost, and Improving Quality" in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The forum aimed to increase awareness about the roles of community health workers (CHWs) in bridging health care and population health in Virginia. Participants included elected officials, public health professionals, hospital and healthcare leaders, funders, and representatives from community based organizations.



$40,000 Available to HEAL Cities & Towns to Implement HEAL Policies. Application Window Closes June 25, 2015.

This spring, the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign is offering $40,000 in grants to HEAL cities and towns for implementation of HEAL policies. Funding is provided by the Campaign sponsor, Kaiser Permanente for the Mid-Atlantic States. The official application was posted on the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign website ( on May 4, 2015, and it will close on June 25, 2015. 


All cities that join the HEAL Cities &Towns Campaign by June 25, 2015 will be eligible to apply for these grant funds. Two types of funding are available:

  • Kick-Off grants up to $500 (up to 6 awards)
  • Implementation Grants will be between $5,000 and $9,000 (4-6 awards) 


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