Communities4Health Blog

Welcome to the Communities4Health Blog! The blog will feature bi-weekly posts on topics related to the work of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge and interviews with members of the Challenge community.

September is National Preparedness Month, so there is no better time to have a conversation on preparedness in the context of health emergencies. This month, we will feature a two-part blog series on changes to food and health systems that are needed to better handle the current pandemic and future health crises. Check out the first part to the series below! 


What can we learn from the nation's healthiest communities?

by Arianne Noorestani, Sept. 22, 2020

Learn more about how the 2020 Healthiest Communities Rankings by U.S. News and World Report, with support from the Aenta Foundation, provide essential data to support community organizations, leaders and residents pushing for better health. 


Lessons from COVID: Preparing Food Systems for Future Emergencies

by Arianne Noorestani and Brittany Perrotte, Sept. 10, 2020

Part one of our two-part blog series, this piece explores how our food system can be restructured to remain resilient in it's response to future emergencies. 


A Health Equity Q&A with Lamond Daniels

by Arianne Noorestani, Aug. 27, 2020

Join us as we conclude our discussion on health equity by connecting with Challenge Advisory Council member Lamond Daniels. In this blog post, Daniels reflects on the lessons learned from his work with the first cohort of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge and his new role as the Chief of Community Services for the City of Norwalk, Connecticut.


Redefining Community Engagement for Health Equity

by Arianne Noorestani, Aug. 13, 2020

Continuing the conversation on health equity, this blog post explores what authentic community engagement looks like and how the Challenge will work to engage community members in crafting solutions to food and health care access. 


A Window of Opportunity Emerges in the Midst of COVID-19

by Arianne Noorestani, Aug. 3, 2020

This first blog post marks the start of the HCCC's health equity series. It focuses on the long-standing health inequities that have been brought to light by COVID-19, and how the Challenge project teams will work to change them.