Welcome to the Challenge

Rates of chronic disease and other health outcomes vary greatly between communities that have access to affordable, healthy food and clinical and mental health supports and those that do not. Average life spans can vary by 20 to 30 years between communities that are mere miles apart.

Health equity is a guiding priority and core value of the American Public Health Association. That is why we have once again teamed up with the Aetna Foundation and the National Association of Counties to invite city- and county-level teams to participate in 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 (April 2020 through April 2022). We aim to do this by supporting selected communities through learning opportunities and one-on-one technical assistance from APHA and NACo.

The Challenge will provide grants and non-financial support to a cohort of 20 communities in California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, 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.

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.

Application deadline extended!

The deadline to submit an application to the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge is now Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 3 p.m. EST. Visit our "Apply to the Challenge" page for key dates, a step-by-step guide on how to apply and answers to frequently asked questions.

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Interested in how your city, county or tribe can get involved? Email us.