The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is identifying and supporting up to six 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 will increase awareness about the County Health Rankings to its members, affiliates and allies and guide them to the County Health Roadmaps to support them in taking action.
United Way Worldwide
The first National Partner, selected in July 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 CHR&R framework, UWW supports its network’s transformation to integrate United Ways’ 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.
Ten local United Way organizations have been tapped to form a Health Mobilization Group and are working to move policy, systems, and environmental change forward in their communities. These ten represent a handful of the many United Ways who understand the importance of developing solutions across the socioeconomic determinants of health and are well-positioned to advance health and equity in their communities.
National Business Coalition on Health
The second Partner Grant was awarded to the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) in October 2012. NBCH will work with member coalitions to identify their technical assistance and training needs to engage in community health improvement work. Based on this assessment, they will develop employer-focused tools and connect members to appropriate content experts and consultants to facilitate their work. In March 2013, with funding from RWJF and the United Health Foundation, NBCH will award up to ten seed grants to business coalitions who are planning or implementing community health improvement projects.
National Association of Counties
The third Partner Grant was awarded to the National Association of Counties (NACo) in January 2013. Building on the foundation of NACo’s Healthy Counties Initiative, they will host forums and community dialogues to discuss common issues affecting the many factors that influence health, develop and leverage materials that will aid elected officials in their policy making, and facilitate learning exchanges between counties and other interested parties in promising practices.
Community Engagement Partners
- Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental ChangE (ACHIEVE)
- Alliance for Innovation
- American Chamber of Commerce Executives
- American Heart Association
- American Public Health Association
- Association for Community Health Improvement
- Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
- Catholic Health Association
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Healthy Community Design Initiative
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Office of Prevention through Healthcare
- Community Catalyst
- Community Tool Box, University of Kansas
- Congress for the New Urbanism
- Grantmakers in Health
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim
- Institute of Medicine
- National Association of County and City Health Officials
- National Association of Local Boards of Health
- National Cancer Institute’s Research to Reality
- National Education Association
- National Governors Association
- National Health Policy Forum
- National Network for State and Local Health Surveys
- National Network of Public Health Institutes
- National Recreation and Parks Association
- Next Generation Consulting
- Trinity Health