The Action Toolkit is designed for mayors and others who wish to work for Healthy Cities.  It offers guiding questions and potential activities to reach locally-determined goals for health and development. This Toolkit also offers notes from the field to illustrate how others are doing this work.  Finally, it provides links to resources and tools to support action for health promotion—i.e., Engaging the community and partners, Assessing the situation, Planning, Taking Action, Evaluating efforts, and Communicating and Celebrating accomplishments..

Click on any of the circles for supports in implementing each aspect—EngageAssessPlanAct, and Evaluate and Communicate & Celebrate.

How can I use this? You may find it helpful to:

  • Train others
  • Learn how to do the work
  • See examples from efforts in the Region
  • Just-in-time guidance for taking action

This Toolkit is free and open source. Our hopes are that you will use it to support your important work and share it with others.

This toolkit is designed to help support local action consistent with the strategic vision for Healthy Cities, Municipalities and Communities in the Region of the Americas.

Getting Ready to Become a Healthy City

Several building blocks help create conditions for success of local efforts. Once a political commitment has been made by municipal leadership, it is important to have a lead person or team dedicated to mobilizing others to engage in the work of becoming a Healthy City. It helps to have personnel with clear roles and responsibilities to move this work forward. With a team in place, this Healthy Cities Action Toolkit can help support your local work of becoming a Health City.


This Healthy Cities Action Toolkit was developed as part of the workplan of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas.