Improving civic health by increasing the number of engaged voters expands representation in shaping policies that affect our health.
Enabling community members to register to vote and participate in elections is something that facilities and healthcare providers can take to improve not only civic health at the community level, but also the physical and mental health of people. All healthcare professionals can participate in the upcoming August Civic Health Month campaign and provide information about voting and civic engagement.
Join over 200 hospitals, healthcare associations and civic engagement organizations united to build a healthier democracy. As frequent and often trusted points of contact for community members, health facilities have a unique role to play in contributing to civic health.
Eighty percent of health outcomes are determined by non-medical factors, from access to food to transportation to affordable housing.
Our elected officials make decisions that impact the health and well-being of our communities. Every election is a crucial opportunity for voters to help shape those decisions; to hold elected officials accountable for creating solutions to the health issues facing our communities. Civic health describes the current capacity of a community to address issues that impact the well-being of its members.
While a variety of different measures are used to assess overall civic health, two that are particularly relevant are voter registration and voter turnout rates. By checking for these civic vital signs when talking to colleagues and patients, healthcare providers can help promote better civic health.
More than 200 hospitals, healthcare associations and civic engagement organizations come together to celebrate Civic Health Month in August.
- Email staff or members to encourage voter registration, using the templates provided
- Add important election reminders to your organizational calendar
- Use a provided toolkit to post on social media
- Promote events sponsored by Civic Health Month
- Post posters or provide patient pages