Formed in 2002, the Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC) has helped the leaders of America’s largest urban health departments exchange ideas and address issues unique to the health of the 42 million people they serve. The Coalition includes 17 of the largest urban areas in the United States and addresses a wide range of health issues, including nutrition and tobacco policy, bioterrorism preparedness, environmental challenges, school health, and infectious disease.


(Washington, DC) The Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC), which represents the top public health officials from 19 large city and county health departments, hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill in association with Senator Richard Durbin on the current state of e-cigarette regulations and public health implications called Clearing the Air: Big City Leadership on E-Cigarette Regulations.


(Washington, DC) Cities have lived up to their reputation as laboratories for innovation in their years of fighting opioid abuse and addiction, from pioneering the use of naloxone by emergency personnel almost ten years ago to recent lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies. Efforts to effectively treat and manage community addiction have stalled without action to remove regulatory roadblocks imposed by the federal government.