The Aetna Foundation, together with the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties, has launched the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge – an ambitious nationwide effort that empowers local groups to tackle public health challenges.
Fifty cities and counties have accepted the Challenge, and have begun or expanded their work to improve social determinants of health and make meaningful improvements to the health of their community.
The Aetna Foundation is investing in this Challenge as part of its broader effort to improve the health of communities. We know that when it comes to health, place matters. In fact, your zip code is a greater indicator of your health than your genetic code. Where you live impacts what foods you eat, how you exercise, how healthy your environment is, and what care you have ready access to.
To improve community health, the Challenge will help drive activities across 5 health improvement areas.
As part of the Challenge, participants will share learnings and best practices via an ongoing learning network. In addition, challenge organizers will offer technical assistance, subject matter expertise and online educational opportunities. The RAND Corporation has been tapped to evaluate the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge participants and identify best practices that could be replicated to achieve even greater public health impact.
Members of the HealthyCommunity50, or HC50, will move on to compete for the grand prize in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. $1.5 million in Challenge prizes will be awarded to cities and counties able to move the needle toward making healthier and more equitable communities.
To read more about the Challenge, view the HC50, or related resources, click here.