Cambridge wins Cityhealth Gold ranking for advancing robust public health policies

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The city of Cambridge received a gold medal from CityHealth for its vigorous action and the development of innovative political solutions to protect and promote the health and well-being of all its inhabitants.

Each year, CityHealth, a national initiative of the Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, awards the 40 largest American cities with gold, silver and bronze medals based on the strength and number of policies put in place. to improve quality on a daily basis. of life, well-being and health. Last year, CityHealth opened up the opportunity to small and medium-sized towns as part of an opt-in pilot program. Cambridge self-declared its public health policies for 2020 under the mid-sized cities category long before the city’s successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A healthy and vibrant city means more than access to doctors and hospitals. I am proud of the work we have done to provide affordable housing, safe streets, top-notch education and much more to make the City of Cambridge a strong model for protecting public health, ”said Louis A DePasquale, Director of the City of Cambridge.

“As the City of Cambridge Public Health Commissioner and CEO of the Cambridge Health Alliance, I am proud of the work we have done to link community health with quality and affordable health care. A commitment to understanding and improving the conditions in which people live, work and play is why Cambridge is widely recognized as forward-thinking and innovative in its health policies, ”said Dr Assaad Sayah.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of small health services in solving health problems in our towns and villages. This national recognition is a testament to the long-standing commitment of our city leaders, the invaluable contributions of our local partners, and the determination of health service staff to shape policies that impact the quality of life for all. Cambridge residents, ”said Claude A. Jacob, chief public health officer.

“In a year of extraordinary challenges due to COVID-19, the Cambridge community has demonstrated its strength by coming together to protect and support each other. This gold medal is a testament to our resilience and our city’s unwavering commitment to the health and safety of our residents, ”said Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui.

Of nine categories of fonts on which CityHealth bases its ratings, Cambridge received a Gold rating for the following, as well as an overall Gold rating:

  • Affordable housing
  • Complete streets
  • Safer alcohol sales
  • Smoke-free indoor air
  • Tobacco 21 (tobacco control policies)
  • High quality and accessible preschool

Cambridge was also awarded a Silver rank for earned sick leave.

The opt-in pilot provided CityHealth with a way to test the program and make it more available to other leading cities on a voluntary basis. CityHealth invited Cambridge as one of the pilot cities due to its reputation as an innovator in public health as well as its designation as a nationally accredited public health service. In 2013, Cambridge also received the first Robert Wood Johnson Prize for the Culture of Health. In 2018, Cambridge’s Department of Public Health became one of the first nationally accredited health departments in Massachusetts, recognized by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

Photo (from left to right): Chief Public Health Officer, City of Cambridge Claude A. Jacob; Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale; Public Health Commissioner and CEO, Cambridge Health Alliance, Assaad Sayah, MD

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