Why Healthy Cities and Counties?

In America today, people live in two distinctly different worlds. In fact, your zip code is a stronger predictor of your overall health than other factors, including race and genetics.

By working together, we can all contribute to closing the health divide.

Heat Map, Healthiest Communities Rankings 2019, measuring health and wellness across the US using 81 metrics

Healthiest Communities

Check out the new 2019 Healthiest Communities Rankings from U.S. News in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation.

Based on a review of data collected in more than 3,000 counties, the rankings give communities a better understanding of how to improve health. And they inspire change by showcasing best practices that truly can make a difference. The rankings show us the health of a community is shaped by many social and physical factors. Those include low obesity, low smoking rates, strong pre-K education, and access to healthy foods and recreational spaces. Watch a recent webinar explaining how the Rankings work.

As APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, writes in this U.S. News & World Report piece based on a recent Healthiest Communities analysis, "Race isn't a biological determinant of health. An identity isn't what makes someone sick; rather, it's the social factors that make their community what it is. It's a person's housing, food, health care and education all in one."

What is a healthy city/county/tribe? 

Place Matters: Making the United States the Healthiest Nation, Community By Community (Aetna Foundation CEO Garth Graham and APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin speak out in Health Affairs

Watch this video to hear from Challenge partners about the makings of a healthy community: