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Last Call for Ideas to Make Communities Healthier

Friday, July 9, 2010

The online Community Health Action Forum has received dozens of suggestions from a range of sectors about how communities can help all individuals lead healthier lives. A few days remain for you to add your own ideas before the forum closes on August 6.

In February 2010, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released the inaugural County Health Rankings, the first project to rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states. In anticipation of the 2011 release of the County Health Rankings, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched this forum to hear your suggestions on how communities can use the rankings as a catalyst to start, expand or renew efforts to address the social, economic, environmental and behavioral factors that affect health.

Please post your ideas and comment on what motivates communities to take action, and what types of tools, training and assistance you believe can help communities address the many factors that affect health—action that can ultimately improve health outcomes.