Chronic diseases are seven of the top ten leading causes of death for County residents. They affect quality of life, increase healthcare costs, and increase risks for COVID-19 infection and outcomes. Many chronic diseases are also preventable.
While individual behaviors and healthy habits can reduce risk for chronic disease, the County, cities, and towns play a very important role in preventing chronic disease by making policy, environmental, and systems changes that promote health.
Healthy Cities Dashboard
How are cities and towns across the County doing in adopting policies and practices that support the health of their residents? Check out the Dashboard below to find out!
How to read the dashboard
The Medals dashboard shows what medals (bronze, silver, or gold) a city has earned in each of 9 total policy categories based on how many policies or practices within those categories a city has adopted that meet the criteria. A blank space means the city has not earned a medal in that policy category. The letters “NA” mean the city cannot earn a medal in that policy category because no strategy within the category applies to the City. View our Healthy Cities Policy Criteria below to better understand how cities can earn medals in each category.
The Policy dashboard shows what policies and practices County of Santa Clara cities and towns have adopted within each policy category to support the health of their residents. The dashboard will display the following symbols to show a city’s progress on a given policy:
- A check mark means a city has achieved the criteria for that policy
- A black dot means a city has a policy that does not meet all criteria for that strategy
- An up arrow means a city has prioritized working on that policy but has not yet achieved it
- The letters “NA” show when certain criteria do not apply to a city
- No symbol means the city has not adopted a policy
All dashboards are updated on a weekly basis if there is new policy or medal data to share for a given city. If you have questions about the dashboard, please contact us at [email protected].
Want to adopt policies to prevent chronic disease in your city? Review our list of model policies. Does your city need technical assistance related to the Healthy Cities policy priorities? Please contact us at [email protected].
Healthy Cities Policy Data
Want to download the policy and medal data from the Healthy Cities Dashboard? You can download the datasets from the County of Santa Clara Open Data Portal:
Healthy Cities Policy Criteria
Use the criteria in the drop-down menus below to understand how cities can earn a bronze, silver, or gold medal in each policy category.