Welcome to the Challenge

Going beyond Public Health 3.0

Exciting news! Challenge team members Brittany Perrotte and Arianne Noorestani's opinion editorial, "Going beyond Public Health 3.0: How flexible funding streams can help to break down silos, change systems and advance health equity in local communities," has been published in the American Journal of Public Health. The article explores how flexible funding streams can support multisector strategies that address local public health challenges, social determinants of health and health equity.

READ THE PAPER AND LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW FUNDERS OF SYSTEMS CHANGE CAN ADVANCE EQUITY


HCCC at the Annual Meeting

10 Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge grantees had the opportunity to present at a roundtable session at APHA's 2021 Annual Meeting on strengthening community connections to advance health equity.

READ A RECAP OF THE SESSION

Margarita Holguin presenting during the Annual Meeting.


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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR 20 HEALTHIEST CITIES & COUNTIES CHALLENGE COMMUNITIES

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.

If you are interested in learning more about the work our 20 communities are engaging in, read our HCCC Highlights Report 2 of 4. This report provides the latest updates and lessons learned from the Challenge!

READ THE FULL REPORT (PDF) or the EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (PDF)

The challenge has empowered us to think bigger...

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.

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