Calling All Cities!

November 21, 2017
Chicago skyline, looking toward the lake

What do Minneapolis, Dearborn, Salt Lake City and Seattle all have in common?

They’ve each committed to working with Healthy Babies Bright Futures on actions to minimize exposures to dangerous chemicals for their youngest and most vulnerable residents through our Bright Cities program.

And we’re recruiting for our second cohort of Bright Cities now.

You may wonder what city governments have to do with chemicals and babies brains?  Actually, many cities are already working on actions recommended by Bright Cities in related areas like food access and security, early childhood development centers, anti-climate change efforts, air and water quality and others. 

Protecting the lifelong learning potential of a communities’ youngest residents is another reason to recommit to and expand work in these areas and another way to connect and improve the inter-related health outcomes from many different city policies and programs.

Because there are so many possible ways that cities can act to protect babies’ brains, the Bright Cities program offers partner cities:

  • Resources including small grants to help minimize and eliminate dangerous chemical exposures.
  • A review of programs and policies to identify critical gaps, improvements and targeted recommendations.
  • Collaborative work with city governments and local non-profits to ensure the program reflects local priorities and the local context.

Do you work in city government or know people who do?  If you think the Bright Cities program could benefit your community and you want to know how to get involved, please contact Heidi Gerbracht, Bright Cities Program Director, at


Heidi Gerbracht, Bright Cities Program Director