Welcome to the Challenge

report cover, HCCC HIGHLIGHTS, July - December 2020

New Report: HCCC Highlights

Read about key milestones and lessons learned, as well as success stories from our Challenge communities.

The report (PDF) gives an overview of food access and health services wins as well as other takeaways.

"We proved we could do hard things under duress...This is significant because we proved we can mobilize as a collaborative quickly and respond to immediate needs while continuing to focus on systemic changes." -- Wikes County

"What has been reinforced for us is how important it is to manage data and information resources efficiently." --Greenbrier County

Want to know the background and see the accomplishments of a specific HCCC community? Please visit their individual project pages and view their project snapshots for more information.

About the Challenge

Health equity is a guiding priority and core value of the American Public Health Association. That's why we have once again teamed up with the Aetna Foundation, the National Association of Counties and Healthy Places by Design to support city- and county-level teams in advancing health equity within their communities through 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 (July 2020 through September 2022). We do this by supporting selected communities through one-on-one technical assistance from APHA and NACo and peer learning opportunities facilitated by Healthy Places by Design.

The Challenge provides assistance to 20 communities in California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, 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. 

Communities4Health Blog

Our bi-weekly posts highlight the work of the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge and feature interviews with members of the Challenge community. 

Stay in touch! 

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