CSAC Bulletin Article

Deadline Approaching for Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge

April 29, 2016

Want to win some prize money for your county, and make your residents healthier at the same time? Consider taking the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. It’s a fun way to encourage small to mid-sized cities and counties to create a positive health impact. 

The Challenge is the product of collaboration between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the National Association of Counties. Once accepted to participate in the Challenge, cities and counties will work towards improving their residents’ health by creating policies that consider health issues, creating replicable strategies to achieve measurable results, and creating sustainable funding by leveraging Challenge prize money with long-term funding sources.

There are two tiers of participants for the Challenge, based on population size.

               Tier 1:    Population between 65,000 and 250,000

               Tier 2:    Population between 250,001 and 600,000

(Tier 2 includes localities with a population of more than 600,000 with a proposal that targets a segment of the population that is between 65,000 and 600,000.)

Participants in the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge will have access to a wide range of resources and opportunities, including access to relevant information on the Challenge’s website, participation in a national network to learn from other Challenge participants, the opportunity to share project information on the Challenge’s website, a community engagement planning grant to assist with project implementation, and the opportunity to win a financial prize in recognition of a project that creates significant improvements.

The Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge is accepting proposals until 5pm EDT on May 31, 2016. For more information on the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, including the RFP, please visit http://www.healthiestcities.org/.


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