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SAN ANTONIO (June 8, 2018) —During a ceremony at the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting tonight, Mayor Ron Nirenberg will accept the prestigious Health Leadership Award for the city’s progress in pursuing innovative health policies.
The mayor will receive CityHealth’s silver medal in a ceremony at Boston’s John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Only nine cities earned the 2018 leadership awards from CityHealth, an organization that offers support for cities pursuing better health outcomes.
“We have entered a new era focused on a healthier San Antonio. This award makes that official,” said Nirenberg. “Obviously, the leadership provided by Dr. Colleen Bridger played a significant role in snaring this honor.
“Our adoption of forward-thinking health policies and the collective work of our medical community – physicians, hospitals and educators -- also have driven our progress,” the mayor added.
City Manager Sheryl Sculley appointed Bridger as director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District in March 2017.
“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,” Bridger said when the award was announced.
Nirenberg noted that CityHealth medals are awarded based on progress and performance in numerous health categories, including whether or not a city has enacted an ordinance prohibiting tobacco sales to residents under 21 years of age.
“Each of the initiatives that led to this recognition were put in place by a City of San Antonio organization that is determined to improve the health and quality of life of our residents,” City Manager Sculley said. “I appointed Dr. 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.”
CityHealth is an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.