The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps relies on vibrant relationships with organizations, communities, and individuals that work across many different sectors to advance our work in communities. We believe that when we build relationships with organizations with different perspectives and experiences, we amplify our mission of supporting local communities in taking data-driven and evidence-informed action to improve the quality and length of life of people across the nation.
What does this look like? There are many ways to approach collaboration. We have embraced a network weaving strategy to explore, build, and catalyze relationships with and among different sectors.
Network weaving is simply connecting organizations, stakeholders, and/or individuals doing work in similar areas to improve community health across the country. We believe that efficiencies and synergy can be realized when entities working on similar health improvement efforts are aware of each other and can work together.
We collaborate with the following organizations to achieve shared goals that would not be achievable in the same way if we were working alone.
100 Million Healthier Lives is an unprecedented collaboration of change agents across sectors who are pursuing an unprecedented result: 100 million people living healthier lives by 2020. The vision is to fundamentally transform the way the world thinks and acts to improve health, wellbeing, and equity to get to breakthrough results. 100 Million Healthier Lives are systematically creating a community of solutions to the most intractable challenges that stand in the way of achieving health, wellbeing and equity across the globe.
Active Living by Design advances community-led action and proven, place-based strategies to ensure health and well-being for all. They are strategic partners for communities and those who invest in them, helping turn visions of health into equitable and lasting impact. At local, state, and national scales, ALBD connects community leaders with inspiring success stories, lessons learned, and each other to deepen their capacity as change-makers.
BUILD and its communities apply bold, upstream, integrated, local, and data-driven approaches to improve health in communities that are adversely affected by upstream factors, such as transportation, food availability, and employment opportunities. In total, BUILD has supported 37 projects from across the country. Many of these projects have already yielded highly promising approaches that focused on issues such as home remediation to address childhood asthma; code enforcement at the local level to reduce housing hazards; and access to healthy foods in response to food insecurity and obesity.
CCL’s mission is to advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide. This is done by creating new knowledge that advances the field and that positively transforms the way leaders, their organizations and their societies confront the most difficult challenges of the 21st century.
The Georgia Health Policy Center provides evidence-based research, program development, and policy guidance to improve health status at the community level. The center conducts, analyzes, and disseminates qualitative and quantitative findings to connect decision makers with the objective research and guidance needed to make informed decisions about health policy and programs. Today the center is at work in more than 220 communities in all 50 states, helping our nation to improve health status.
With residents and partners, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America –to create great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.
LISC strengthens existing alliances while building new collaborations to increase their impact on the progress of people and places. They develop leadership and the capacity of their partners to advance work together. LISC also equips talent in underinvested communities with the skills and credentials to compete successfully for quality income and wealth opportunities. They Invest in businesses, housing and other community infrastructure to catalyze economic, health, safety and educational mobility for individuals and communities, and drive local, regional, and national policy and system changes that foster broadly shared prosperity and well-being.
National 4-H Council objectives are to provide youth with a broad- based learning experience and engage them in hands-on educational activities in which they explore and develop skills in civic engagement, civic education and personal development. National 4-H also facilitates direct opportunities for youth to apply what was learned in real world experiences in which they develop leadership skills using their voices, work, ideas and/or behavior to make a difference in their community, country and world.
Cooperative Extension System (CES) is operated through the nation’s Land-Grant University System in partnership with the federal, state and local governments. CES is a nationwide, non-credit educational network that addresses public needs by providing non-formal higher education and learning activities to farmers, ranchers, communities, youth, and families throughout the nation. With an organization that has been operating for over a century, CES is well positioned to efficiently get needed tools and knowledge into the hands of the people who need them.
Together, National 4-H Council and Cooperative Extension System are working to promote a culture of health in states and communities across the country.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments. NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government, and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.
Mobilizing more than 40-member public health institutes with over $1.5 billion in annual funding – as well as 10 university-based regional training centers, and 40 affiliates – NNPHI is a social, financial and information network, connecting more than 4,500 subject-matter experts with organizational partners across the nation. The national network is a go-to resource for analysis and best practices. NNPHI also provides important network connections for communities, government agencies, foundations, the health care delivery system, media, and academia.
NeighborWorks cares deeply about affordable housing, community development and the people who benefit from them. They are successful at this work because of the breadth and knowledge of the NeighborWorks Network– more than 240 of the nation’s best community development organizations – and the support structure that they have built over more than 35 years. NeighborWorks helps practitioners build the skills, supplements resources and amplifies the reach of these organizations so they can build more houses, empower more individuals and transform more communities than they would be able to do on their own.
New Jersey Health Initiatives supports innovations and drives conversations to build healthier communities through grant-making across the State of New Jersey. To meet the many health needs of New Jersey’s diverse populations, regions and communities, the NJHI program encourages collaboration across sectors in communities to foster deep relationships committed to long-term change affording everyone the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. NJHI’s mission mirrors that of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — to improve the health and health care of all Americans. NJHI does this by striving to build a Culture of Health in New Jersey, the Foundation’s home state, that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come.
United Way Worldwide (UWW) is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide. They are focused on creating community-based and community-led solutions that strengthen the cornerstones for a good quality of life: education, financial stability and health. UWW envisions a world where every community is a strong one, with jobs that pay a livable wage, good schools and a healthy environment. Around the world, UWW engages people and organizations in innovative solutions that are transforming that vision into reality.
Working in Alignment
We work in tandem with a broad range of organizations to solve shared problems, exchange knowledge, learn with and from, and to share data and tools.
UnidosUS (Formerly National Council of La Raza)
Working to Share Data
The County Health Rankings are made possible thanks to relationships with numerous primary data collection organizations. In many cases, our Rankings data team obtains information via publicly available data sources (e.g., the American Community Survey, Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reporting), but in other cases, data are specially prepared for us to include in the County Health Rankings.
The following organizations have been instrumental in supporting the Rankings through their willingness to create unique data sets for the project, provide advice, or share our data: