Why Healthy Cities and Counties?

smiling school kids and a city garden

In today's America, 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.

The Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge recognizes that health is much more than health care.

The vision for the Challenge is to: 

  • Support communities in their collaborative efforts to become healthier places to live, work, learn, play and pray;
  • Recognize cities, counties and tribes that achieve a measurable impact in efforts to make communities a healthier place to live; and
  • Identify models of effective collaboration that can be sustained and replicated throughout the U.S.

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)

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!