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Published on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

San Antonio Receives National Recognition for Public Health Policies

Contact: Carol Schliesinger
Public Relations Manager


SAN ANTONIO (May 22, 2018) –  San Antonio was recognized today for its policies to improve residents’ health and quality of life. The Alamo city received a Silver Medal from CityHealth, an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.


CityHealth is a policy assessment of the 40 largest cities in the nation. It provides leaders with a package of evidence-based policy solutions that, if adopted, will help millions of people live longer, better lives in vibrant, prosperous communities. San Antonio recorded a major turnaround in one year, receiving an overall Silver medal through CityHealth this year. In 2017, San Antonio scored points in three policy areas. This was, however, not enough to earn an overall medal.


“Receiving a Silver medal is evidence that San Antonio is committed to making serious policy changes that will result in improvements to our community’s health,” said Dr. Colleen Bridger, Director, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health). “This recognition energizes us to continue working diligently on improvements.”


“Each of the initiatives that led to this recognition – high quality Pre-K for San Antonio’s four-year-olds; complete streets that allow for active transportation; a ban on indoor smoking; a smoking age of 21 or older; and better regulation of food safety in restaurants – was put in place by a City of San Antonio organization that is determined to improve the health and quality of life of our residents,” San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley said. “I appointed Dr. Colleen Bridger to recommend policies that lead to positive change, and I’m glad to see that she and Metro Health are getting the recognition they deserve.”


 San Antonio’s 2018 CityHealth Medal Results
 Policy Recommendation  Medal
 Overall  Silver
 Affordable Housing  No Medal
 Alcohol Sales Control  No Medal
 Complete Streets  Silver
 Earned Sick Leave  No Medal
 Food Safety/Restaurant Grading  Silver
 Healthy Food Procurement  No Medal
 High-Quality, Universal Pre-Kindergarten  Gold
 Smoke-Free Indoor Air  Gold
 Tobacco 21  Gold

To earn an overall Bronze medal, cities need to receive four or more medals across each of the nine policy categories. To earn overall Silver, cities need to receive five or more Gold or Silver medals. To earn an overall Gold, cities need to receive five or more Gold medals across each of the nine policy categories.


Last year, Houston was the only Texas city with an overall medal of Bronze.  This year, San Antonio’s efforts have propelled the city to the highest rank in Texas. San Antonio is the only Texas city with an overall Silver medal.  Austin has now joined Houston in having an overall Bronze medal.


Metro Health will continue to work with stakeholders to strengthen current policies and lay a path for San Antonio to earn an overall Gold medal by 2020. This will be accomplished by improving our Healthy Food Procurement and Complete Streets policies to meet the Gold standard in each policy area.

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