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

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Explore guides and tools for improving health.

What Works for Health

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.

What Works for Health

Policies and programs that can improve health

Clean diesel technology fleet transition programs

Scientifically Supported

Replace or retrofit diesel buses or other vehicles to operate with clean diesel technology

Air and Water Quality

Clinic-based interventions for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination

Some Evidence

Combine information about HPV and the benefits of vaccination with efforts to support vaccine series completion (e.g., patient and parent education or reminders, physician education, etc.)

Sexual Activity

Cognitive-behavioral therapy for offenders

Scientifically Supported

Use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help offenders discover and change the thought processes that lead to maladaptive behavior

Community Safety

College access programs

Scientifically Supported

Help underrepresented students prepare academically for college, complete applications, and enroll, especially first generation applicants and students from low income families


College-based obesity prevention interventions

Insufficient Evidence

Support college-based behavioral education interventions that work towards a pattern of healthy eating and physical activity over the long-term

Diet and Exercise

Community arts programs

Expert Opinion

Support locally-based visual, media, and performing arts initiatives for children and adults; also called participatory arts programs

Family and Social Support

Community centers

Expert Opinion

Support community venues that facilitate local residents’ efforts to socialize, participate in recreational or educational activities, gain information, and seek counseling or support services

Family and Social Support

Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs)

Some Evidence

Provide funding for local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development

Housing and Transit

Community fitness programs

Scientifically Supported

Offer exercise classes (e.g., yoga, Tai Chi, cycling, etc.) and fitness program support in community centers, senior centers, fitness, and community wellness centers

Diet and Exercise

Community gardens

Some Evidence

Establish and support land that is gardened or cultivated by community members via community land trusts, gardening education, zoning regulation changes, or service provision (e.g., water or waste disposal)

Diet and Exercise