Monroe County Named Finalist for 2024 All-America City Award

Written from a press release:

Bloomington, IN (May 21, 2024) — Monroe County has been named a finalist for the 2024 National Civic League’s (NCL) All-America City Award, competing against 20 other teams in Denver from June 7-9. The prestigious award recognizes communities for their civic capital, which includes relationships, networks, and capacities that enable them to solve problems and thrive.

Monroe County’s recognition stems from its collaborative effort on the Community Voices for Health in Monroe County (CVHMC) initiative, which focused on elevating residents’ voices, particularly from underserved communities, in health policy engagement. The project produced an open-access toolkit for community engagement, shared statewide through partners like Indiana University Center for Community Engagement and Indiana Minority Health Council.

“We can and must strengthen our democracy so that it is resilient in the face of challenges and better serves all Americans. This year’s finalists aren’t waiting for federal action; they are innovating and acting locally to improve their communities for anyone who calls them home,” said NCL President Doug Linkhart.

CVHMC, a project of the Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM) and the Bloomington Health Foundation, was funded by a three-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The initiative led to the creation of the Monroe County Health Equity Council (MCHEC), an organization comprising community members with experience in local government, nonprofits, and business, aimed at continuing to elevate residents’ voices on civic and community health policy.

Founded in 1894 by community leaders including Teddy Roosevelt, the National Civic League has recognized communities through the All-America City Award since 1949, highlighting those that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness, and innovation to address local issues successfully.

To support the Monroe County delegation’s travel expenses to Denver, donations can be made to the Community Justice and Mediation Center at this link.

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