Healthy cities, counties will compete for $1.5M in prizes during Aetna-sponsored challenge
- The Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, sponsored by the Aetna Foundation, The American Public Health Association, and the National Association of Counties, will provide $1.5 million in prizes to cities and counties that reflect measurable improvements in health indicators.
- Participants will focus on at least one of these areas: healthy behaviors, community safety, social/economic factors, built environment, and environmental exposures. Evaluations will be based on measurements already in place within public health.
- An advisory board including members from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Association of Retired People (AARP) and the Urban Land Institute, will judge the finalists.
Participants will also be judged on their ability to form cross-sector partnerships - what the American Public Health Association considers "a key ingredient and a critical foundation for sustainable and lasting change." APHA Executive Director Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, said, "Whether it's creating affordable housing, preventing community violence or ensuring safe drinking water, multi-sector partnerships coupled with community-driven leadership have the potential to transform the way we think about good health and well-being."
Several cities and counties have already submitted proposals, which are being accepted until May 31, 2016. Participants will be announced in September and the ones chosen will receive a $10,000 community grant to assist with implementation and technical assistance and online learning opportunities. Additional information, rules, and applications are available here.
- American Public Health Association Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge