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Healthy Chicago 2.0

In 2016, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) launched Healthy Chicago 2.0, a plan focused on ensuring a city with strong communities and collaborative stakeholders, where all residents enjoy equitable access to resources, opportunities and environments that maximize their health and well-being. Healthy Chicago 2.0 serves as the start for a new movement dedicated to improving health equity and making Chicago a connected, vibrant and healthy city for all residents. 

Healthy Chicago 2.0’s development and its eventual success are guided by four key principles:

  • Healthy Chicago 2.0 prioritizes Health Equity, ensuring that the 200 action steps focus on neighborhoods and communities that face the greatest health disparities, so limited resources are allocated to the areas where they are needed most.
  • Healthy Chicago 2.0 is a Collaborative Effort, providing action steps for not just CDPH but for other government agencies and community partners to work together and to improve health equity for every resident. Hundreds of community partners– representing health care providers, government agencies, social service providers, advocates, academic institutions, businesses, faith-based organizations, and residents – reviewed public health data and agreed upon over 200 coordinated strategies to promote health equity.
  • Healthy Chicago 2.0 addresses the Social Determinants of Health, in addition to traditional health outcomes. Understanding that health is impacted by a number of factors, including economic opportunity, education and public infrastructure, Healthy Chicago 2.0 provides action steps to address these underlying issues.
  • Healthy Chicago 2.0 leverages Data and Surveillance by making sure each goal and action step are measurable. Leveraging the annual Healthy Chicago resident survey and the Chicago Health Atlas, we will  measure and share progress on an annual basis and make adjustments in the plan’s implementation to ensure its greatest efficacy.

In total, Healthy Chicago 2.0 outlines 82 objectives and over 200 strategies to help reach 30 goals. These priorities resulted from a robust community assessment process. In order to measure progress towards each goal, CDPH and community partners identified 75 indicators to serve as annual benchmarks towards our 2020 targets.


Healthy Chicago 2.0 is being implemented through collaborations with community partners. Action teams have been developed and are currently working to implement strategies and meet objectives in the plan.

Action teams address the following areas:

Expanding Partnership and Community Engagement

Addressing Root Causes of Health (economic development, built environment, transportation, climate change, and housing)

Addressing Education

Increasing Access to Health and Human Services 

Promoting Behavioral Health

Strengthening Child & Adolescent Health

Chronic Disease- obesity and physical 

Chronic Disease- tobacco

Preventing and Controlling Chronic Disease

  • obesity
  • tobacco use 
  • cancer and chronic disease management

Reducing the Burden of Infectious Disease

Reducing Violence 

Utilizing and Maximizing Data and Research 

We encourage everyone to get involved by joining an action team or just learning more about what is happening in your neighborhood.

Email Healthychicago2.0@cityofchicago.org to get involved

Most Recent News (Healthy Chicago 2.0)

Aug 9, 2017 City of Chicago, Announces The 100,000th Participant of PlayStreets Chicago
Jul 19, 2017 Healthy Chicago 2.0 Community Seed Grants Awarded
Jul 14, 2017 Chicago Department of Public Health Announces Town Hall Meetings To Discuss New Policy Ideas To Improve the Health Of Chicago’s Youth
Jun 22, 2017 Statement from Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Julie Morita, M.D. on the release of the Senate Healthcare Bill
May 25, 2017 Chicago Health Department and 13 Others Bolster Senators’ Fight Against New Health Care Bill

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