Welcome to the Challenge

Congratulations to our Healthiest Cities & Counties Finalists

Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge WINNER, cityscape, APHA, Aetna Foundation, NaCo logosHealthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Runner Up

Over the course of the Challenge, finalists built on innovative solutions to improve local health outcomes yielding strong and scalable results. Our winners: Tier 2: Mecklenburg County, North Carolina: Village HeartBEAT and Tier 1: Bridgeport, Connecticut: East End NRZ pop-up market and caféRead the News Release

The Mecklenburg County Health Department led Village HeartBEAT program won the $500,000 grand prize for mid-sized cities and counties (populations 250,001 – 600,000) and Bridgeport's Coalition United to Reach Equity (CURE) earned the grand prize of $250,000 for small-sized cities and counties (populations 65,000 – 250,000). Watch the Aetna-produced Village HeartBEAT video and East End Market video.

The Challenge also awarded eight runners-up:

Tier 2: Camden, New Jersey: Camden SMART, Hillsborough County, Florida: Garden Steps, Louisville, Kentucky: West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative, and Miami, Florida: Live Well Little Havana.

Tier 1: Chatham County, North Carolina: Leveraging Partnerships Built Through the Comprehensive Plan, Danville, Virginia: The Health Collaborative, Waco-McLennan County, Texas: Community Efforts to Increase Consumption of Locally Grown Fresh Foods, and Wyandotte County, Kansas: Healthy Community Corridor

Finalists Feature Series

Louisville, Kentucky's West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative is working to increase use of natural areas, spaces and parks. Check out the feature The Great Outdoors and Healthy Communities podcast Episode 12: West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative

In Wyandotte County, Kansas, the Healthy Community Corridor also aims to increase access to healthy spaces like parks. Check out the feature Light at the End of the Tunnel and Healthy Communities podcast Episode 11: Healthy Community Corridor

What was the Challenge?

Over the last two years, we called on 50 cities and counties across the country to strive for a healthy city/county that is economically competitive, inclusive and equitable. They have done just that. The Challenge has awarded more than $1.5 million in prizes to those most able to create a positive health impact in their communities. Learn more about the Challenge.

The Challenge partners — the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties — could not be more proud.

All HealthyCommunity50 projects have made incredible progress in their communities. Check out our map page to learn more about how our HealthyCommunity50 improved health in the areas of healthy behaviors, community safety, built environment, social/economic factors and environmental exposures.

Stay in touch!

Interested in how your city or county can get involved? Email us.