Welcome to the Challenge

The 20 Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge project teams are meeting people where they are in their communities and making an impact on social determinants of health — the conditions that affect community health — with a focus on food access and access to health care.


Watch a recording of our National Public Health Week Event, Shifting Power and Building Resilience Through Community Collaboration: A Conversation on Improving Local Food and Health Systems

HCCC leaders participated in a two-part panel during National Public Health Week to discuss how their community-led, collaborative solutions are contributing to systemic change, building resilience and shifting power in communities.

WATCH THE RECORDING

hccc report, cover page, july-dec 2021

Want to learn more about how to increase community collaboration and resilience to advance health equity? Check out the new HCCC Highlights Report with updates, lessons and examples from all 20 communities! 


2021 Recap: Takeaways and Highlights from our Peer Learning Sessions


Going beyond Public Health 3.0

Challenge team members Brittany Perrotte and Arianne Noorestani's opinion editorial, "Going beyond Public Health 3.0: How flexible funding streams can help to break down silos, change systems and advance health equity in local communities," published in the American Journal of Public Health, explores how flexible funding streams can support multisector strategies that address local public health challenges, social determinants of health and health equity.

READ THE PAPER AND LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW FUNDERS OF SYSTEMS CHANGE CAN ADVANCE EQUITY


HCCC at the Annual Meeting

10 Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge grantees had the opportunity to present at a roundtable session at APHA's 2021 Annual Meeting on strengthening community connections to advance health equity.

READ A RECAP OF THE SESSION


Health equity is a guiding priority and core value of the American Public Health Association. That's why we have once again teamed up with the Aetna Foundation, the National Association of Counties and Healthy Places by Design to support city- and county-level teams in advancing health equity within their communities through the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge.

The Challenge is an exciting initiative designed to accelerate systems-level approaches to improving community health over a two-year period (July 2020 through September 2022). We do this by supporting selected communities through one-on-one technical assistance from APHA and NACo and peer learning opportunities facilitated by Healthy Places by Design.

The Challenge provides assistance to 20 communities in California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia that are ready to:

  • change the way they work together across sectors;
  • build resident leadership and power; and
  • take collective action.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR 20 HEALTHIEST CITIES & COUNTIES CHALLENGE COMMUNITIES

Together, we will work to reduce disparities in chronic disease outcomes and promote health equity through improved access to foods that support healthy eating patterns and access to health services. 

The challenge has empowered us to think bigger...

Communities4Health Blog

Our bi-weekly posts highlight the work of the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge and feature interviews with members of the Challenge community.

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