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Does Your City Have What It Takes to Get Healthy?

Health is about more than just health care that happens in a doctor’s office or medical facility. It’s promoting prevention and wellness in communities, and making sure that everyone has access to quality care.

But sometimes communities need help bringing everyone together to achieve a common purpose. That’s why the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Association of Counties (NACo), in partnership with CEOs for Cities have teamed up to create the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge. The Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge is a $1.5 million prize competition where small to mid-size U.S. cities and counties compete to move the needle toward healthier and more equitable communities. 

“We have long seen in public health data that your zip code is a much stronger contributing factor than your genetic code in terms of health outcomes, particularly in poor and under-served communities,” said Garth Graham, MD, MPH, president of the Aetna Foundation. “The Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge is designed to generate local solutions to local problems. The Challenge requires community leaders at different levels to help solve a problem that affects all of the members of their community.”
The vision of the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge is to:
  • Support communities in their collaborative efforts to become healthier places to live, work, learn, play and pray. 
  • Recognize excellence in achieving a measurable impact as a result of these efforts.
  • Identify models of effective collaboration that can be sustained and replicated throughout the U.S.
The deadline for proposals is May 31st. For more information, visit the Aetna Health Section and

Categories: Population Health


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