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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...

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...

The Power of Relationships: Rapid Response to a Youth Suicide Cluster

Known as Washington State's gateway to the Pacific Islands and the Olympic Peninsula, Grays Harbor County, a mostly rural community, is grappling with effects of a downturn in their local resource based economy. Educational attainment is low,...

Part II: Moving Into Action in Clare County/Central Michigan

As a result of the 2010 Public Health Summit, the Central Michigan District Health Department created the Together We Can Health Improvement Council , which brings together stakeholders from across the region from human service agencies, media, local government, K-12 education, colleges and universities, and hospital systems. Working groups were also created within each county in the region.

Rockingham County, North Carolina Establishes Task Force to Identify the Root Causes of Its Poor Health Rankings, Develops Recommendations

Rockingham County, dubbed as North Carolina’s North Star, is nestled at the tip of the Northern Piedmont Triad region and cradled by the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Though Rockingham County is mostly rural (county size – 572 square miles with a population of approximately 93,063), its communities still offer small-town living balanced with 21st century amenities.

Part I: Laying a Foundation for Addressing Obesity and Women’s Health Issues in Clare County

In Michigan, Health Director Mary Kushion seized Clare County’s poor performance in the County Health Rankings as an opportunity to host a public health summit and begin generating ideas for improving the health of the six counties served by the Central Michigan District Health Department.

Part I: Collaborating to Improve Health Behaviors in Genesee County, Michigan

Kirk Smith wasn’t surprised when Genesee County’s health behaviors ranked last among Michigan’s 82 counties in the 2010 County Health Rankings .

Improving the Health and Well-Being of Southeast Kansas

Nearly 180,000 people live in the nine counties of Southeast Kansas (SEK) region including Allen, Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson Counties. People choose SEK as their home because of the quality of life that comes from living in small towns, the strong sense of community, and the overall natural beauty. Despite the overall quality of life in SEK, the 2009 Kansas County Health Rankings released by the Kansas Health Institute, illustrated that this nine county region in southeastern Kansas was the least healthy region in th

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