About Us

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R), a program of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, draws attention to why there are differences in health within and across communities. The program highlights policies and practices that can help everyone be as healthy as possible. CHR&R aims to grow a shared understanding of health, equity and the power of communities to improve health for all. This work is rooted in a long-term vision where all people and places have what they need to thrive.  

CHR&R is committed to creating resources and tools that support community-led efforts to accurately diagnose core problems, understand and account for historical context and implement evidence-informed solutions. CHR&R provides a snapshot of the health of nearly every county in the nation.  

A wide range of factors influence how long and how well we live, including: opportunities for education, income and wealth, safe housing and the right to shape policies and practices that impact our lives and futures.  

Power imbalances limit opportunities for some communities. How well we keep everyone healthy depends on how well we include everyone in setting priorities, making decisions, sharing resources and determining what is acceptable.  

We can build the will to implement policies and programs that positively influence an equitable distribution of resources. We can also influence how groups are valued so that we can all thrive. CHR&R seeks to foster social solidarity and help build community power for health and equity. The program advocates for a new understanding of data and evidence, and develops methods that can challenge assumptions, explore possibilities and build community power for health and equity. 

Support for County Health Rankings & Roadmaps is provided by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


About the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute advances health and well-being for all by developing and evaluating interventions and promoting evidence-based approaches to policy and practice at the local, state and national levels. The institute works across the spectrum of factors that contribute to health and equity. The institute promotes an exchange of expertise between those in academia and those in the policy and practice arena.