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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...

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: Brownsville, Texas

The city of Brownsville is located on the southernmost tip of Texas, just across the border from Matamoros, Mexico. With a population of nearly 180,000 residents, over 90 percent Hispanic, Brownsville is one of the poorest metro areas in the country...

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-...

2014 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner: Spokane County, Washington

Despite being home to five higher education institutions and biomedical and manufacturing employers, less than 60 percent of children in Spokane, Washington were graduating from high school in 2006; that rate was somewhat higher county-wide but too...

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...

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,...

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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