County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, A Healthier Nation, County by County

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The County Health Rankings model of population health

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Explore programs and policies that work!

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Key findings from the last four years of County Health Rankings and other national reports.

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Project updates, commentaries, events and news about health across the nation from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps team.

National Partners

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is identifying and supporting national organizations that are experienced at engaging local partners and leaders; able to deliver high-quality training and technical assistance, and committed to making communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. These national organizations are increasing awareness about the County Health Rankings to their members, affiliates and allies and guiding them to the Roadmaps to Health Action Center to support them in taking action.

United Way Worldwide

The first National Partner, selected in 2011, was United Way Worldwide (UWW). UWW's mission to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities makes them a natural leader in addressing the factors that we know play a key role in determining how healthy people are and how long they live. A network of 1,200 locally-based organizations in the United States (and another 500 in other countries), United Ways are engaging people and institutions to make sustainable change where people live, work, learn and play. Using the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps framework, UWW supports its networks' transformation to integrate United Way's fundraising strength with other roles of an essential partner: mobilize people and organizations to use good data and evidence to identify joint priorities, develop and implement collaborative solutions, build public will and engage in advocacy to improve Education, Financial Stability and Health. Visit the following links to learn more about how local United Ways are building a Culture of Health:

National Association of Counties

The National Association of Counties (NACo) joined our network of national partners in 2013. Building on the foundation of NACo's Healthy Counties Initiative, they hosted numerous educational opportunities for county officials, including a community health forum in October 2013. Throughout 2014, NACo supported local community dialogues, hosted by county elected officials, to discuss common issues that influence health. They also developed learning materials to aid elected officials in their policy making. Visit the following links to learn more about how NACo and local elected officials are building a Culture of Health:

Local Initiatives Support Corporation

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation joined CHR&R as a national partner in 2015. As the country’s largest community development nonprofit, LISC works in 30 cities and across 1,400 rural counties to transform distressed communities into places of opportunity and choice where every family can thrive. LISC’s comprehensive approach to improving the quality of life in low-income neighborhoods is strongly aligned with CHR&R’s work to highlight the many contributors to health and lead communities toward improved outcomes. Through its collaboration with CHR&R, LISC is advancing its efforts to integrate health into community development practice locally and nationally. LISC programs in Boston, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia are receiving coaching support through CHR&R’s Action Center to address nonmedical factors that impact health including affordable housing, jobs and nutritious food. LISC is also working with CHR&R to disseminate best practices and share success stories throughout its networks to spur community investments that improve health. Visit the following links to learn more about how LISC is building a Culture of Health:


NeighborWorks America joined CHR&R as a national partner in 2015. They help build strong, resilient and healthy communities—revitalizing neighborhoods, providing services and programming that connect and empower residents, and creating opportunities for them to live in safe, high-quality and affordable housing. This work is accomplished by directly supporting a network of more than 240 nonprofit organizations across the country with technical assistance and grants, and by offering training to the broader field of more than 12,000 professionals in affordable housing and community development. The NeighborWorks network plays an integral role in building healthier communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Its national collaboration with the County Health Rankings & Roadmap Program will deepen this work by supporting a new learning community and local initiatives among member organizations.

Visit this link to see how NeighborWorks and their member organizations are building a Culture of Health.

National Program Partners

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program works closely with a number of partners to deliver elements of the program including the following:

Active Living By Design

Active Living By Design administers the Roadmaps to Health Action Awards and provides consultation to the coaching team about healthy eating and active living resources.


Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership provides boundary spanning leadership training for communities and has supported the CHR&R program with consultation on network building.


National Network of Public Health Institutes

The National Network of Public Health Institutes connects CHR&R to its member institutes and serves as the employer for our coaches outside of Madison, WI.


New Jersey Health Initiatives

New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI), a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national program office, launched a grant initiative, Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey—Communities Moving to Action, which builds on the principles of CHR&R and boundary spanning leadership. NJHI employs a regional coach who serves New Jersey.

    Community Engagement Partners*

    The purpose of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) is to raise awareness about the many factors that influence health, to enable local community leaders to take action to improve health. We are grateful to the numerous partners who have shared information about the Rankings with their members and networks and encouraged them to use CHR&R tools to enhance work to improve health in their communities, including:

    *Defined as a national organization we have worked with and/or presented at their conference within the last two years.