Welcome to 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. 

Hear how HCCC communities are advancing health equity


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. Check out our latest blog series as we celebrate the close of the first year of the Challenge! 

Stay in touch! 

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