Our Mission

We aim to make voting and civic participation accessible to all — particularly those underserved by the healthcare system. Civic Health Month is a nationwide celebration held each August to showcase the strengthening relationship between health care, healthy communities, and civic participation.

What is Civic Health?

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.

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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Nonpartisan Statement

Civic Health Month is a nonpartisan effort. Our goal is to increase civic engagement among all patients and providers because much of our healthcare system and healthcare experiences are determined by the policies our elected officials implement. We are nonpartisan because we believe in a truly democratic process and aspire towards an American democracy that is inclusive to all. Civic Health Month does not support or oppose any political party or candidate for office, nor do we take any positions on specific policy issues. Rather, we hope that everyone takes it upon themselves to be politically engaged and informed so that they can vote for those that best represent their interests. Any and all views expressed by individuals or partners are their own and do not constitute the views or position of Civic Health Month as a whole.