2020 Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge grant recipients

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The Aetna Foundation, together with the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties, announced the organizations this year who have been selected to receive a grant as part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge to support communities that are changing the way they work together across sectors to reduce disparities in chronic disease outcomes. This grant program will award a total of $2 million to teams of organizations that will work together to change the food access and health care systems in their communities and engage community residents as leaders in their work.

The Challenge teams will each receive $100,000 to implement multi-year projects to advance health equity in communities where individuals are disproportionately impacted by health disparities. In addition to the funding, Challenge teams will participate in one-on-one technical assistance provided by APHA and NACo and co-create a supportive peer-learning network led by Healthy Places by Design over the course of the two years.

The project teams intend to use what they learn over the next two years to produce models and resources that can inform work in other similarly sized cities and counties across the country. Challenge communities have proposed strategies that include:

  • Increasing access points for purchasing fresh produce and receiving health care;

  • Leveraging local schools as partners;

  • Addressing barriers to transportation;

  • Building more equitable models for food procurement and distribution;

  • Increasing coordination and data-sharing across organizations;

  • Improving health care referral systems;

  • Developing community advisory boards; and

  • Informing local policies.


The project teams are located in the following cities and counties:

  • Chula Vista, California

  • Collier County, Florida

  • Deerfield Beach, Florida

  • Dougherty County, Georgia

  • Cumming/Forsyth County, Georgia

  • Perry County, Kentucky

  • New Brunswick, New Jersey

  • Paterson, New Jersey

  • Orange County, New York

  • Rochester, New York

  • Tompkins County, New York

  • Cumberland County, North Carolina

  • Wilkes County, North Carolina

  • Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Cleveland, Ohio

  • Cambria County, Pennsylvania

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Kerrville, Texas

  • Greenbrier County, West Virginia

  • Wheeling, West Virginia

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