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Culture of Health Prize Ignites Collaboration between Communities Tackling Complex Issues

From a distance, Louisville, Kentucky , and Santa Monica, California , don’t appear to have much in common. One is known for Derby while the other evokes images of beachside fun in the sun. However, when they connected through Robert Wood Johnson...

Weaving Health Into the Community’s Fabric: RWJF Culture of Health Prize winner Manchester, NH

Founded along the Merrimack River in the early 19th century, Manchester, N.H., sprang from a utopian vision: create an industrial center to rival its English namesake, complete with sprawling, red-brick textile mills, workers’ quarters, schools,...

How data can inspire a community: Starke County, IN

Starke County, Indiana, is a rural county that is home to 23,197 people. Despite Starke County’s small size, it’s also a community that is working hard to improve the health of the community and everyone in it by using County Health Rankings data...

Engaging the Community through Health Coalitions

Community engagement is helpful to building healthy communities. One Indiana program is centered around developing a model of collaboration and community engagement to identify and confront health challenges facing residents across the Hoosier state...

United Way of Greater Toledo Is Using Partnerships and Data to Achieve Community Wide Goals

In 2013, the United Way of Greater Toledo (UWGT) embarked on a new approach to goal setting. With the creation of Live United 2020 goals, for the first time, the organization will hold itself accountable for community level goals rather than program...

United Way-Led Initiative in Chittenden County, Vermont Strengthens Local Workforce

The County Health Rankings shows us that there are a web of factors that influence health including education, housing, the environment, and the availability of nutritious food. Another important factor is income and employment. Efforts to ensure a...

United Way of Greater Atlanta: Data-Driven Partnerships to Increase Access to Health Care

In a community as large and diverse as Atlanta, the County Health Rankings are a valuable source of data that helps to inform the work of local organizations, including United Way of Greater Atlanta. “The County Health Rankings have been helpful for...

Where everyone chips in to improve health: How United Way of Greater Lafayette helps channel community assets

Fundraising can certainly be a challenge for community health improvement efforts, but in Tippecanoe County, IN, an interconnection of resources has proven to be just as effective as dollars. Healthy Active Tippecanoe , a community initiative...

In Utah, United Way Makes Strong Link Between Education and Health

Education is a key component to health – we know that better educated individuals live longer, healthier lives than those with less education, and their children are more likely to thrive. In Utah, local nonprofits, service providers, community...

Changing the Trajectory of High-needs Families: United Way of Central Ohio

The County Health Rankings are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. In Columbus, United Way of Central Ohio is tackling...


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