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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...

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...

2014 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner: Williamson, West Virginia

Two words not normally paired together – coal and sustainability – have been a driving force behind Williamson, West Virginia’s mission to build a Culture of Health. Coal has brought prosperity to the town of Williamson for generations, but as the...

2014 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner: Durham County, NC

Once the center of the state’s tobacco industry, people have come together in Durham County, North Carolina to tackle the county’s health problems from every angle. For decades, the county has struggled to overcome both racial and socioeconomic...

2014 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner: Buncombe County, North Carolina

Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains is Buncombe County, North Carolina. A broad collaboration of community partners—representing more than 70 organizations and community members— have helped to put Buncombe on a path to long-...

Connecting the Dots in Fulton County, GA: Working Together to Save Lives

According to the 2013 County Health Rankings , Fulton County, Georgia ranks 29 out of 156 on overall health, yet 55,000 adults and 25,000 children in the county suffer from asthma. Tragically some of them die, including most recently, a 10 year old...

Just Waiting to Be Asked: The Beaverton Clinic Story

Adolph Presidio is a tough, resilient 93 year old with ongoing health concerns. His 20 mile monthly drive to the clinic in Harrison, MI from his rural home in Beaverton was both wearing and a cause for concern given Michigan’s harsh winters of snow...

Rebuilding for Health: New Orleans, LA

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a cross-sector partnership between schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations, city government and the local health department in New Orleans, LA, has made public health and prevention a major component of the ongoing recovery effort.

Partnerships to Tackle Pressing Health Problems: Fall River, MA

Nestled along the eastern shore of Mount Hope Bay in Bristol County, Fall River, MA, was a mill town for about 150 years. As recently as half a century ago, families who called it home knew the mills would provide steady employment. That changed when the economy changed, and many of the biggest mills closed down. Today about a quarter of residents live in poverty and the unemployment rate is around 9 percent.

A Tale of Two Cities: Cambridge, MA

Best known for its world-renowned universities, Cambridge, MA, is also a city that faces challenges like obesity and school readiness. Located in Middlesex County, which ranked third out of 14 counties in Massachusetts in the 2012 County Health Rankings , Cambridge is a diverse community committed to working together to improve the health and well-being of all residents, of whom a quarter are foreign-born, a third are non-white, and 15 percent live in poverty.

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