All America City

Roanoke All America City logoHome to nearly 100,000 residents, Roanoke is a mountain city and hub for innovation offering award-winning outdoor amenities, endless trails, friendly neighborhoods with character, public art, the famous Roanoke Star, museums, craft breweries, one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, and historical attractions. Our city is diverse, welcoming and compassionate. Roanoke is also a National Civic League (NCL) 7 time All-America City and Hall of Fame Inductee!

Since 1949, the National Civic League has recognized and celebrated the best in American civic innovation with the prestigious All-America City Award.  The Award, bestowed yearly on 10 communities (more than 500 in all) recognized the work of communities in using inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses, nonprofits and government leaders.  

Roanoke is excited to be a finalist for the 2020 All-America City Award.  The 2020 All-America City theme is "Enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement".    Make sure to follow us on social media and join in on the conversation to celebrate our All America City! #AAC2020

Roanoke’s civic infrastructure is focused on making a “collective impact” enabling our community to effectively address complex issues by employing grassroots, collaborative, data driven, evidence-based and comprehensive framework.  This approach has established nationally recognized programs such as an early childhood learning initiative, addressing the opiod crisis and enhancing access to health care.   Roanoke has abandoned an “organizational driven approach” in favor of a “community activation approach."  City of Roanoke leaders from government, healthcare and nonprofit agencies practice more effective resident engagement collectively creating better conditions of health and well-being.  

Roanoke's Highlighted Projects:

United Way Pathways Hub
LEAP workers
Melrose Library Event
  1. Improved Access to Health Care
  2. Improved Access to Fresh Food
  3. Enhanced Neighborhoods

Respondents of the Roanoke Community Health Needs Assessment listed “access to care” as a barrier to good health. With this shared understanding of access challenges, Healthy Roanoke Valley was formed to include more than 50 organizations focused on the social determinants of health.

Initiatives guided by Healthy Roanoke Valley include:

  • Pathways Hub – Healthy Roanoke Valley brought together executives from the city’s health safety net to address the obstacles keeping their neighbors from receiving quality care. The Pathways Hub pairs those at greatest risk with neighborhood-based community care workers who work with them to coordinate their care. Pathways might include “prescriptions” for healthy foods, rides to the doctor’s office, exercise or techniques to manage diabetes. Since its inception, more than 249 community members have participated in the program with promising results. For more information on the United Way of the Roanoke Valley Pathways Hub, click here. 
  • Local Impact for Tomorrow – Carilion Hospital, Roanoke City Public Schools, Freedom First Credit Union and a dental benefits carrier are partnering together to build the Southeast Community Health Center at the new Fallon Park Elementary School in southeast Roanoke. When completed, this facility, will provide medical and wellness services to students and the community, oral health care, and financial counseling as well as educational and job training programs. To read more and also review the Roanoke Valley Community Health Assessment from Carilion Clinic, click here. 
  • Community Health Clinics – A network of free and income-based clinics exist in Roanoke, ensuring access to quality health care nearest where the most vulnerable live. Most recently, the Bradley Free Clinic expanded its behavioral health offerings, immediately adding 150 clients, serviced by more than 20 new volunteers.  To read more about the Bradley free clinic, click here.