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

The County Health Rankings models and measures

Our Approach

The County Health Rankings model of population health

What can I do?

Action Center

Explore guides and tools for improving health.

What Works for Health

Explore programs and policies that work!

What can I learn from others?


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

County-by-County Blog

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

Choose Effective Policies & Programs

Evidence matters. Taking time to choose policies and programs that have been shown to work in real life and that are a good fit for your community will maximize your chances of success.


The purpose of this step is to explore and select evidence-informed policies and programs to address priority issues. The guidance here will answer questions like: How do I find possible policies or programs for my community? How do we know if a strategy will work? How do we decide what to do? Who should help us decide?

Our Top Tools

Our Roadmaps to Health Coaches say these are must-have tools for this step. (Find additional relevant tools in each key activity below.)

What Works for Health
Answering the Three Key Questions for Advocacy Campaigns
Tearless Logic Model
Intervention Planning Matrix
Guide to Using the Policy Advocacy Choice Worksheet and Policy Advocacy Choice Worksheet

Choose Shortcut

Looking for a quick primer on this step? Check out our Choose Shortcut. Take this 2-page PDF with you to share with your partners. Use it to discuss where you are in your work and what challenges you face.

Last updated: November 2016