Welcome to the Challenge

We believe a healthy city/county is economically competitive, inclusive and equitable. That's why we've called on cities and counties across the country to join the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. The Challenge is a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties. The partnership empowers small to mid-size U.S. cities and counties to create a positive health impact.

We're awarding more than $1.5 million in final prizes to cities, counties and federally recognized tribes most able to show measurable changes in health and wellness over the next several years.

Congratulations to our Spotlight Award Winners!

We're excited to announce the Spotlight Award Winners! Spotlight awardees have identified creative partnerships and enacted replicable programs that address the unique health issues facing their communities. To help support and advance their work, the 10 selected organizations will receive a $25,000 prize, and five honorable mentions will receive a $10,000 prize. Learn more about the awards and finalists.

A photo collage of the interim award winners

Our finalists: Bridgeport, ConnecticutCamden, New JerseyChatham County, North CarolinaDanville, VirginiaLeon County, FloridaLouisville, KentuckyMecklenburg County, North CarolinaMiami, FloridaThurston County, Washington; and Waco-McLennan County, Texas.   

Our honorable mentions: Baltimore, MarylandChester County, PennsylvaniaDurham and Cabarrus County, North CarolinaJersey City, New Jersey; and St. Petersburg, Florida.  

What's new? All HealthyCommunity50 projects have made incredible progress in their communities. Hillsborough County, Florida showcases its newly constructed community garden and Morgantown, West Virginia promotes healthy behaviors across the city, even on wheels. Wyandotte County, Kansas highlights their "Safe Routes to Parks" approach video. Check out our map page to learn more about how our HealthyCommunity50 are improving health in the areas of healthy behaviors, community safety, built environment, social/economic factors and environmental exposures.

people constructing a garden   man driving in car;

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HC50 Learning Network

HealthyCommunity50 finalists can log into the Learning Network to join discussions, connect with fellow finalists, get inspiration and cheer each other on!