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About Civic Health Month

As frequent and often trusted touchpoints for community members, healthcare institutions have a unique role to play in contributing to civic health.

Civic health describes the current capacity of a community to address issues that impact the well-being of its members.

While a variety of different metrics are used to assess overall civic health, two that are especially relevant in the healthcare setting are voter registration and electoral participation rates. By checking in on these civic vital signs when talking to their colleagues and patients, healthcare providers can help promote better civic health
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Improving civic health by increasing the number of engaged voters expands representation in shaping the policies that affect our health. 

Therefore, empowering community members to register to vote and participate in elections is a critical action healthcare institutions and providers can take to improve not only community-level civic health, but also physical and mental health at the individual level.
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Maya Alper
Senior Associate
Cindy Samuelson
Vice President of Member and Public Relations
Kansas Hospital Association
Amber McReynolds
Election administration and policy expert, former elections official
Daniel E. Dawes, JD
Executive Director
Satcher Health Leadership Institute
Ben Ruxin
Civic Health Month co-founder
Julie Salisbury
Founder and CEO
The Bee Colony
Parissa Ballard, PhD
Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Eric Scherzer
Former Executive Director
Committee of Interns and Residents
Naomi Fener NP, MPH
Nurse Practitioner
Massachusetts General Hospital
Miles Rapoport (D-CT)
Former Secretary of State; Senior Fellow
Connecticut; Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School
Kathryn Peters
Democracy Works and Turbovote
Trey Grayson (R-KY)
Former Secretary of State, Kentucky; Former Director
State of Kentucky; Harvard Institute of Politics
Ali Raja, MD
Exec. Vice Chair of Dept. of Emergency Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Christina C. Morone, PA-C
Co-Founder & ER PA
One Nation Every Vote & Mass General Hospital
Deborah Turner, MD JD
League of Women Voters
Dr. Alister Martin, MD MPP
Founder and Board Chair