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Spring into Health
2018 MML Application
Spotlight of the Month
Tools & Resources
Funding Opportunity
About Us
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Spring into Health 
With the first day of spring right around the corner, it's the perfect time to start planning community events to get residents outside and moving in the warmer weather. Whether you're considering holding a race, walk, health fair, or employee wellness day, we're here to help. Let the HEAL staff know if you have an upcoming event that you would like to brand or promote with the HEAL Campaign. For help getting started, check out this  Health Fair Planning Guide  and step-by-step resource on organizing a 5-K race.
Attention Maryland Municipalities
This June, the HEAL Campaign will recognize Maryland HEAL cities and towns at the  Maryland Municipal League (MML) Summer Conference in Ocean City. The MML Summer Conference is an opportunity for the HEAL Campaign to recognize and promote local governments' HEAL achievements and new Campaign members. As cities and towns pass new HEAL policies, they can advance to higher levels of recognition - Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

To apply for a new recognition level, please complete your application by Friday, May 25th to be recognized at the upcoming MML Summer Conference. If you are applying to become a NEW HEAL city or town, please send in your application by Monday, May 21st as we need more time to prepare your new member plaque in time for the conference. 

For information  and resources on HEAL policies and the recognition process, visit our website or contact our HEAL Program Manager Sydney Daigle at or 240-253-1036.   
Spotlight of the Month 
Haymarket, Virginia - The Town of Haymarket is using events and celebrations to highlight the importance of health and wellness in their community. Read the Spotlight article here.

I nterested in having your city or town featured in an  upcoming Spotlight article? Please send a request to Julia Groenfeldt, HEAL Program and Communications Associate, at or 202747-3455.  
Tools and Resources
The Walking Revolution Film - This 30-minute documentary film will explore how changes in your walking routine can change your life and your community. Cities and towns are making changes to transform their communities into walkable environments where residents can lead more active and healthy lifestyles. Find the film here
Complete Streets and Equitable Placemaking -  The National Complete Streets Coalition and the FTA-funded National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) teamed up to discuss opportunities and best practices to implement Complete Streets policies that enhance opportunities for people with disabilities, older adults and low-income individuals. Watch this webinar recording   here.  
The 2018 County Health Rankings Webinar -  This webinar will provide information to support you in using the 2018 County Health Rankings state reports to better understand the data and opportunities for action in your region. Join the webinar on March 27 at  2 PM EST to learn more about health equity, data outcomes by place, race, and ethnicity, and opportunities to advance health equity in your community. Register here
Maryland Food Systems Map - John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has added new data layers and information to the Maryland Food Systems Map, an interactive mapping platform with data on the food system, environment and public health landscape in the state of Maryland. Find the map here.

Funding Opportunity 
Bloomberg Philanthropies Art Challenge -  Bloomberg Philanthropies is awarding  up to $1 million to selected US cities interested in developing temporary public art projects that have the potential for positive impact within their city. Applications are due on April 19, 2018. Find more information here .
About Us
HEAL is a project of the Institute for Public Health Innovation in  partnership with the Maryland and Virginia Municipal Leagues and funded by Kaiser Permanente, founding partner.

For more information on the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign, p lease visit the website at or contact HEAL Campaign Associate, Julia Groenfeldt at
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