Minneapolis wins CityHealth gold medal for robust public health policies

September 10, 2021

The City of Minneapolis has received a gold medal rating from CityHealth for improving the health and well-being of its residents by adopting local policies that can make real, lasting impacts in one’s everyday quality of life.

Each year, CityHealth – an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente – awards the 40 largest U.S. cities gold, silver and bronze medals according to the strength and number of the policies they have in place to improve people’s day-to-day quality of life, well-being and health. The Minneapolis Health Department partnered with Saint Paul-based Public Health Law Center to verify that Minneapolis had met the CityHealth policy requirements.

Minneapolis joins CityHealth’s 10 gold medal cities, which include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Louisville, New York, San Antonio, San Francisco and Seattle.

“This important recognition is a result of tireless efforts by our Health Department and community partners who came together to make our city healthier and more vibrant during an incredibly challenging chapter for our city,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “Minneapolis is a dynamic city and our Black and brown neighbors have historically been disproportionately impacted by a variety of health disparities. That’s why we have remained committed to taking a data-first approach to informing policies and decisions that generate equitable, healthy results for all our residents.”

“I am proud of the forward thinking and innovative work we have done to center health equity in all city policies, from ordinances like paid sick and safe time and tobacco restrictions, to budget investments in youth education and programming, to policies that support housing stability and complete streets," said Council President Lisa Bender. "The work that our Health Department and other staff have done in recent years, even through the challenges of a pandemic and other crises, is inspirational and deeply rooted in our community's needs for more equitable outcomes."

“We celebrate that over the past few years, our local officials, businesses and community have worked together to improve the health and well-being of our residents,” said Council Member Phillipe Cunningham, chair of the Public Health & Safety Committee. “As we look to the future after facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must continue to collaborate and work together to achieve greater health for all.”

“The national recognition speaks to the long-standing commitment of our city’s leadership, the invaluable contributions of community organizations and community members, and the resolve of the Health Department staff in shaping the policies that impact the quality of life for all residents in Minneapolis,” said Commissioner of Health Gretchen Musicant.

Minneapolis was awarded an overall gold medal plus individual gold medals in six of the nine policy categories on which CityHealth bases its ratings. The City of Minneapolis received individual gold medals in these policies:

In addition, the City earned: