Turning Data Into Action: Healthiest Communities Data Challenge Now Open

Since the Aetna Foundation and U.S. News & World Report announced the Healthiest Communities rankings earlier this year, people across the country have been combing through the data to learn about their community’s health and see which areas need improvement.

Someone in Dallas would see their city’s high population of uninsured; a Phoenix resident would see they’re having trouble accessing healthy foods; and someone in Tampa would be concerned by their higher-than-average violent crime rate.

Now open for submissions, Aetna’s Healthiest Communities Data Challenge is giving local residents the opportunity to turn that data into action by encouraging innovation and improving health outcomes.

Data from the rankings – which includes evaluations of nearly 3,000 communities across 10 categories – will be made available to local agencies, foundations/organizations, entrepreneurs and others to use toward designing community-level health programs.

Submissions are open through Thursday, January 17. For complete Data Challenge information, including submission guidelines and requirements, visit AcademyHealth’s website.

Announcement of finalists and prize winners is scheduled for February 2019, and the winners will be recognized at the 2019 Health Datapalooza, March 27-28, 2019, in Washington D.C.

The Data Challenge is the latest in a series of Aetna Foundation efforts to help people live healthier lives and achieve their health goals. From Cultivating Healthy Communities grantees to Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge participants, the Aetna Foundation is providing support to organizations that are addressing local health issues with local solutions.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018