PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

5/24/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:052418
Subject:
Long Beach Moves from Bronze to Silver in CityHealth Report for Efforts to Improve Quality of Life
Contact:
Tiffany Cantrell-Warren, Manager
Community Health Bureau
Department of Health and Human Services
562.570.4208
Tiffany.Cantrell-Warren@longbeach.gov




The City of Long Beach has been awarded a Silver Medal for its efforts in developing and maintaining policies that support healthy lifestyles and improve livability, according to a CityHealth report released earlier this week.

“The City is proud to be honored for our efforts in adopting policies that really make a difference in residents’ lives,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Our movement from Bronze to Silver status this year shows our City’s commitment to improving quality of life for all who live, work, and play in Long Beach.”

CityHealth’s annual report takes a close look at the nation’s 40 largest cities and measure how well they support nine key policies that experts say help residents lead healthier lives and make communities thrive. CityHealth awards each city a gold, silver, bronze, or no medal according to their overall performance in the assessment, and nine policy-specific medals to each city according to the quality and strength of the laws in place.

This year, a total of 25 of the 40 largest cities received a medal. Long Beach is one of only nine to receive the Silver Medal status, which recognizes cities that earn five or more gold or silver medals across each of the nine set policies. Other Silver medalists within California include: Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco. The City ranked in the top 14 and was among only 10 to have improved its ranking from the previous year’s report.

In addition to the overall Silver Medal rating, Long Beach ranked as follows in individual policy categories:

  • Gold: Complete Streets, Healthy Food Procurement, Smoke-Free Indoor Air and Tobacco 21.
  • Silver: Alcohol Sales Control.
  • Bronze: Earned Sick Leave and High-Quality Universal Pre-K.

Overall Gold Medalists who received five or more gold medals across each of the nine policies include Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; and San Jose, CA.

CityHealth's reports are available below:
CITYHEALTH_METHODOLOGY
CITYHEALTH_POLICY ASSESSMENT

About Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

The mission of the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is to improve quality of life by promoting a safe and healthy community in which to live, work and play. Long Beach Health is one of only three city-run health departments in California, which allows for better engagement with residents, neighborhoods, businesses and community partners, and fosters a greater understanding of the City's strengths. For more information, visit us at www.longbeach.gov/health, "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente, provides leaders with a package of evidence-based policy solutions that will help millions of people live longer, better lives in vibrant, prosperous communities. CityHealth will regularly evaluate cities on the number and strength of their policies. http://www.cityhealth.org/.

The de Beaumont Foundation is dedicated to improving the capacity and performance of the U.S. public health system, and equipping public health agencies to thrive in a transforming health landscape. In so doing, we aspire to improve the health of the populations of the communities they serve across the U.S. http://www.debeaumont.org/.

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.