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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...

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...

2014 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner: Taos Pueblo, New Mexico

Located in northern New Mexico, the Taos Pueblo, a World Heritage Site, is a sovereign nation of 2,500 members within the United States. Living on this land for the past thousand years, tribal members still carry on many of its original traditions—...

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-...

Mason County, WA: Building a Roadmap to Better Health by Investing in Education

In Mason County, WA—which ranked 35 out of 39 counties in the state in the 2012 County Health Rankings —a diverse group of partners has come together to boost the community’s educational attainment. Although the county boasts an overall high school...

PART II: Holmes County, Mississippi’s Ambassadors for Health

As Margaret Mead famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” The Greenwood District United Methodist Church Health Alliance (GDUMCHA—or “HA” for...

PART I: Empowering the Grassroots in Holmes County, MS

When Dr. Detra Bishop, Pastor, pulled into the John Wesley United Methodist Church parking lot in the middle of the week she couldn’t believe her eyes: it was packed. Inside she found elderly church goers having their blood pressure taken at health...

Building a Business Case for Better Health: Allen County, OH

In Lima, OH, located in Allen County, community leaders are discovering the economic benefits of building a healthy, attractive community for residents to live, learn, work and play. In the 2012 County Health Rankings , Allen County ranked 75 out of...

Innovation Driven by Data: Santa Cruz, CA

In the southern end of California’s Santa Cruz County—a mostly wealthy county that ranked 10 out of 56 counties in California in the 2012 County Health Rankings —are the fields that produce food eaten at dinner tables and restaurants around the country. But the men and women who work those fields don’t often get to enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of their labor.

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