The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. Given the wide range of factors that impact health, it should come as no surprise that healthy communities are a critical foundation for healthy citizens. Healthy communities continuously improve both their physical and social environments, and are designed and built to improve the quality of life for all people who live within their borders.

While incidence of disease within the city limits is one yardstick for measuring a given community’s health, a host of other factors also matter. Walkability, green space, access to healthy food, public safety, educational opportunities, and quality policing are among the many ingredients which together create a vibrant and healthy community. At this forum, The Atlantic will convene public health experts and municipal leaders from across the country to showcase proven strategies for achieving healthier communities nationwide.

In this forum, The Atlantic will bring together policymakers, educators, employers, higher education experts, administrators and students for a robust discussion about the future of higher education. Will the very idea of college change? What kind of degree will the jobs of the future require? How is technology transforming our higher education landscape? What does this mean for policymakers? And as demographic changes continue to redefine this nation, what does the future of postsecondary education look like for the “Next America”?

Healthy Cities, Healthy Towns: An Atlantic Forum

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