Welcome to the Challenge

Coming Soon...Final award winners will be announced in early 2019, a program sponsored by Aetna Foundation

As the inaugural group of the Challenge comes to a close, we are delighted to present the final award winners in early 2019. 

The two winners will represent achievements in community health: one finalist from our Tier 1 category (populations 65,000 and 250,000) and one finalist from our Tier 2 category (populations 250,001 and 600,000). Stay tuned for our announcement.

The Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge recently hosted an in-person Learning Institute with community leaders from across the country who are participating in the Challenge. Watch the video below!


What is the Challenge? We believe a healthy city/county is economically competitive, inclusive and equitable. That's why we've called on cities and counties across the country to join the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. The Challenge is a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties. The partnership empowers small to mid-size U.S. cities and counties to create a positive health impact.

By the beginning of 2019, the Challenge will have awarded more than $1.5 million in prizes to cities, counties and federally recognized tribes most able to show measurable changes in health and wellness over the last two years. 

What's new?

Episode 9: Climate Changes Health of the Healthy Communities podcast is out! Host, David Richards, talked with American Public Health Association Policy Analyst Dr. Natasha DeJarnett about the impact of climate change on community health. Go to the podcast page to listen.

U.S. News & World Report, in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation, released the Healthiest Communities rankings, a new report that surveyed more than 3,000 communities nationwide across 10 categories including education, population health, infrastructure and economy. The report assesses which communities offer their citizens the greatest opportunity to live a productive, healthy life, and offers insight into the best approaches for improving public health that can be shared and implemented across the country. Go to our Why Healthy Cities and Counties page to learn more. 

In 2018, we recognized 10 winners and five honorable mentions with the Spotlight Awards, which highlight substantial progress midway through the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. Visit our spotlight awards page to learn more about the awards and finalists.

All HealthyCommunity50 projects have made incredible progress in their communities. Check out our map page to learn more about how our HealthyCommunity50 are improving health in the areas of healthy behaviors, community safety, built environment, social/economic factors and environmental exposures.

Questions about the Challenge? Email us.

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HC50 Learning Network

HealthyCommunity50 finalists can log into the Learning Network to join discussions, connect with fellow finalists, get inspiration and cheer each other on!