HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic

Helping Municipal Leaders Create Healthy, Prosperous Communities

The Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities & Towns Campaign provides free training and technical assistance to municipal leaders to adopt policies that make it easier for residents to eat better and move more.

The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign is an initiative of The Institute for Public Health Innovation in partnership with the Maryland Municipal League and the Virginia Municipal League. 


The HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign pairs the unique power of local government with the public health expertise of the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI). The Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) is a unique non-profit resource that builds partnerships across sectors and cultivates innovative solutions to improve health and well-being for all people and communities throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.  To learn more, visit www.institutephi.org

 - Meet our Staff - 

Sydney Daigle 


As a Program Manager for IPHI, Sydney oversees implementation and outreach for the HEAL Cities & Town Campaign and the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council (FEC). Sydney works with the Campaign’s Program Associate to recruit new municipalities in addition to supporting current HEAL Cities and Towns while they adopt, implement, and promote HEAL policies and practices. For the past four years, Sydney has worked with the FEC, a local independent food policy council of twenty-two diverse members. FEC advances county and state-level food and agriculture policies to promote public health, environmental sustainability, and sound economic development in the local food system. 

Sydney is passionate about strengthening local food systems and improving under-served communities' access to healthy foods.  She has over six years of professional experience working on systems-level public health interventions and local food and farm advocacy. Prior to working with IPHI, she served as the South Carolina Department of Education's Farm to School & Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Coordinator and as the Sustainability Coordinator at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina. She has worked successfully with diverse audiences ranging from school cafeteria staff to policy makers to affect change at the institutional, county, and state-levels.

Sydney is active in her local civic association and sits on multiple advisory committees. In Prince George’s County, she serves as a team leader for Prince George’s County's Collaborative for Health Equity, Healthy and Safe Food Truck Committee, and Health Department Health Action Coalition’s HEAL Workgroup. In her free time, she enjoys reading fiction, cooking (but mostly eating) Southern food, and doting on her two rescue dogs, Django and Zora.  Sydney can be reached at sdaigle@institutephi.org or 202-747=3512. 

mike royster, MD, MPH, FACPM

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Dr. Mike Royster joined IPHI as Sr. Vice President in January 2013 and plays an integral role in the organizational, programmatic and operational development of IPHI.  He provides overarching direction and management support for several of IPHI’s largest initiatives, and is leading the cultivation of new relationships and initiatives across the region. 

Prior to joining IPHI, Dr. Royster was the Director of the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE). In this position, he oversaw Virginia’s state offices of minority health, rural health, and primary care. OMHHE advanced health equity by developing data tools, such as the Health Opportunity Index, to assess health inequities; improving access to quality health care and providers; developing and promoting community-based participatory initiatives; enhancing the capacity of VDH and its partners to promote health equity; and facilitating strategies to target the social determinants of health.  Dr. Royster also served as the Director of the Crater Health District headquartered in Petersburg, Virginia, overseeing public health programs and services for 5 counties and 3 cities with a combined population of 150,000.  Dr. Royster completed his undergraduate training at the University of Virginia, medical training at Duke University School of Medicine, and a residency in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he also obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health. In addition, he completed the two-year W.K. Kellogg Health Scholars Program at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, where he developed an initiative to address the health of African American men in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Royster can be reached at mroyster@institutephi.org or 804-313-8880.