Healthiest Cities & Counties In the News


Aetna foundation, APHA and the National Association of Counties Unveil Winners of National Health Challenge (Feb. 12, 2019)

U.S. News and Aetna Foundation Release Inaugural Healthiest Communities Rankings (Mar. 26, 2018)

Aetna Foundation’s New Awards Shine the “Spotlight” on Programs That Are Improving Community Health (Jan. 31, 2018)

RAND to evaluate Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, identify ways to expand public health innovations (Sept. 14, 2017)


$1.5 million public health prize competition announces winners
APHA Public Health Newswire, Feb. 12, 2019
Bridgeport, Connecticut’s NRZ East End Pop-Up Market and Café and Mecklenburg County, North Carolina’s Village HeartBEAT initiative emerged today as the top community health projects of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, a partnership of the Aetna Foundation, American Public Health Association and National Association of Counties.

Coatesville and Phoenixville Go “Toe-to-Toe” in Walking Challenge
MyChesCo, Oct. 4, 2018
In an effort to promote the health benefits of walking, highlight downtown walking routes and determine which community takes the greatest number of steps, residents in Coatesville and Phoenixville are lacing up their shoes for the second annual “Ville to Ville Challenge. The six-week challenge, which runs until November 3rd, is part of the WalkWorks ChesCo! program, a county-wide initiative with a goal for all residents to collectively take five billion steps by the end of the year.

Dr. Garth Graham on treating gun violence as a public health issue
Aetna News, Sept. 18, 2018
As Dr. Graham notes, gun-related violence is an incredibly complicated issue, with many interconnected elements. However, if health care organizations viewed gun violence as a public health issue and took the same sort of approach that is typically used with other chronic health care conditions, they have the opportunity to play a role in addressing this problem.

Chester County Takes Three Billion Steps Towards Healthier Living
MyChesCo, Sept. 17, 2018
At their recent Sunshine Meeting public work session, the Chester County Commissioners received a report from Health Department Director Jeanne Casner announcing a milestone in the WalkWorks ChesCo! challenge. Since the launch of WalkWorks in April 2017, Chester County residents have clocked up three billion steps in the WalkWorks ChesCo! program.

Walk with elected officials Saturday, Aug. 14, 2018
If phone calls and emails don’t work, there’s another way to get through to your local elected official, if you don’t mind walking. The next “Walk With Your Local Elected Official” is set for Saturday at multiple locations in Spartanburg County. In its second year, the walk is part of Mary Black Foundation’s goals to healthy eating and active living, and it’s the outgrowth of Spartanburg County having been one of 50 communities chosen in 2016 to participate in a Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge — a joint initiative of the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties.

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