About Us

Overview

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.  

ADVANCING EQUITY AND HEALTH FOR PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS, THROUGH SHARING OF BEST PRACTICES, LEADERSHIP, AND ADVOCACY

OUR MISSION

Our Coalition

  • Member Health Departments

    35

  • Protecting

    61 Million Americans

Membership Criteria

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.

Report

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 CoalitionRevisions 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). 

Looking Forward: BCHC Strategic Plan Learn More about the Future of BCHC