Healthiest Cities & Counties In the News


U.S. News and Aetna Foundation Release Inaugural Healthiest Communities Rankings (Mar. 26, 2018)

Aetna Foundation’s New Awards Shine the “Spotlight” on Programs That Are Improving Community Health (Jan. 31, 2018)

RAND to evaluate Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, identify ways to expand public health innovations (Sept. 14, 2017)


The Key to Living Longer: Geography vs. Genetics
By Garth Graham, M.D.
U.S. News & World Report, Jun. 26, 2018
A LITTLE BIT OF creativity can go a long way. Last week at Cannes Lions Health, I had the pleasure of hearing from global leaders in every aspect of health care talk about "Creativity with the Power to Change Lives." While there, we discussed that all heath is local and that sometimes the most ingenious solutions frequently don't come from complex systems or groundbreaking research. Instead, these types of solutions come from the very things we encounter on a daily basis that may seem mundane, but have the power to shape our life expectancy. For instance, how close a person is to the nearest grocery store, the number of parks in their community, whether or not a neighbor smokes and many other factors can add or subtract years from their lifespan. That's because these factors, known as social determinants of health, add up over time and influence both how long and how well we live.

Plan to Improve Community Health in Franklin County Released
The Columbus Dispatch, Jun. 22, 2018
Franklin County Public Health released a plan Thursday that outlines 18 strategies aimed at reducing chronic diseases, overdose fatalities and infant deaths and increasing immunization rates and access to health-care services. The 2018-2020 Community Health Improvement Plan is a product of Franklin County Health Works, a collaboration among about four dozen agencies and organizations, including several that aren’t directly related to health care. The goal is to implement the strategies by partnering health-care-focused agencies with other groups that focus on social factors that can affect health, such as transportation, education, housing, job status and safe neighborhoods.

First Responders Take 148 Million Steps Toward WalkWorks Goal
The Unionville Times, Jun. 22, 2018
At the Chester County Commissioners Sunshine Meeting this week, Health Department Director Jeanne Casner announced the results of the WalkWorks ChesCo! First Responder Challenge – a competition that asked Chester County residents to support the county’s 5,000-plus emergency responders by joining a first-responder team to compete and see who could walk the most steps in an eight-week period. During the Challenge, more than 148.3 million steps were taken by members of the three first-responder teams. Team Fire, Team Law Enforcement (LE) and Team Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were each captained by a Chester County Commissioner and were tasked with signing up the most walkers and clocking the most steps.

County’s Microgreens Project Garners National Attention
Hudson Valley News Network, Jun. 21, 2018
Dutchess County’s innovative nutrition project, which provides nutritional education and supplements the diets of two vulnerable populations – inner-city schoolchildren and the elderly – with nutrient-dense microgreens, has been highlighted by the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge organizers. Initiated in 2016, Dutchess County’s nutrition project provides microgreens to fifth-graders at the Krieger Elementary School in the Poughkeepsie City School District and students taking part in the Hudson Valley Community Center’s after-school programs, as well as to seniors throughout Dutchess County who enjoy congregate and home-delivered meals offered by the County’s Office for the Aging.

The Healthy Beverage Zone (HBZ) Seeks to Make the Healthy Beverage Choice the Easy Choice for Bronx Residents
Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center, Jun. 12, 2018
In 2015, Dr. Vanessa Salcedo, Director of Health Promotion and current practicing pediatrician at UCHC, launched the SSB Free Zone at UCHC sites, encouraging staff to stop drinking sugary drinks and opt for healthier beverage options. This model was expanded through the collaboration with UCHC, Bronx Neighborhood Action Center, Bronx Health REACH and the #Not62 Campaign partners to form the HBZ. Prior to the launch in 2017, HBZ gained national recognition and was chosen as a finalist of Aetna’s Healthiest Cities and County Challenge.

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