TOWNHALL IN A BOX
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program helps communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their own communities, focusing on specific factors that we know affect health, such as education and income. Having health insurance and quality health care are important to our health, but we need leadership and action beyond health care.
Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, the County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to what’s making people sick or healthy. County Health Roadmaps show what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) collaborates with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) to bring this groundbreaking program to cities, counties, and states across the nation.
This year, RWJF is pleased to provide you with a new “Townhall-in-a-Box” toolkit that can be utilized by policymakers at all levels of government to highlight the pressing health issues in individual states, cities, and neighborhoods. The toolkit provides general information about this groundbreaking program, key messages, promotion ideas, and tools for action. It can be modified to fit the priorities of individual public officials or communities.
As you continue to work towards better health for all of your constituents, we hope you find this toolkit helpful and informative. We look forward to working with you to improve the health of all Americans in the months and years to come.
Basic description of County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) program
- Model tweets and Facebook posts about the Rankings, the Roadmaps to Health Prize and What Works for Health
- ‘Pitch’ to promote CHR&R-themed townhall meeting to local media
- Letter to invite local policymakers or community partners to attend the townhall meeting
- Ideas for who to invite and where to host the town hall meeting
- Template flyer for posting in community centers, seniors centers, libraries, schools and other locations to help drive attendance
- Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about CHR&R
- Details of annual prize given by RWJF that honors outstanding community partnerships which are helping people live healthier lives
- Outline of press release that communities can modify to emphasize local priorities
- Language to help publicize CHR&R on websites and in newsletters