The Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC) is a forum for the leaders of America’s largest metropolitan health departments to exchange strategies and jointly address issues to promote and protect the health and safety of the 61 million people they serve. Together, these public health officials directly affect the health and well-being of nearly one in five Americans.
Member Health Departments
61 Million Americans
The Coalition represents the health leaders of the largest cities in the nation’s most urban areas. Member cities must have a city population of at least 500,000 to be eligible, and must be a locally controlled health department, not a state agency. Note: All members that were in good standing each time eligibility has been amended have been grandfathered in, even if they did not meet the current criteria. This currently includes Cleveland, Long Beach, Minneapolis, and Oakland.
Membership is extended to the health department that has primary jurisdiction over the city, whether it be a city or county agency.
Looking Forward: BCHC Strategic Plan
This strategic plan was first developed by the Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC) membership in September of 2016. It was meant to be a three year plan to provide actionable, measurable, and strategic approaches to the shared work of the Coalition. Revisions were delayed until fall of 2021.
Here, you’ll find updates are to guide the Coalition for the next five years (September 2021 to 2026).