Why Healthy Cities and Counties?

smiling school kids and a city garden

In America today, people live in two distinctly different worlds. In fact, your zip code is a stronger predictor of your overall health than other factors, including race and genetics.

By working together, we can all contribute to closing the health divide.

The Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge recognizes that health is much more than health care.

The vision for the Challenge is to:

  • Support communities in their collaborative efforts to become healthier places to live, work, learn, play and pray;
  • Recognize cities, counties and tribes that achieve a measurable impact in efforts to make communities a healthier place to live; and
  • Identify models of effective collaboration that can be sustained and replicated throughout the U.S.

Place Matters: Making the United States the Healthiest Nation, Community By Community (Aetna Foundation CEO Garth Graham and APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin speak out in Health Affairs)

What is a healthy city/county/tribe?

Healthy cities, counties and tribes promote health, equality and inclusiveness and are economically competitive.

Watch this video to hear from Challenge partners about the makings of a healthy community:

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!