Who We Work With

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps relies on vibrant relationships with organizations and individuals to advance health equity in communities across the country. We believe that when we are aligned and working together, we can support communities to improve health and equity through data, evidence, and examples. 

Working Together

We collaborate with the following organizations to achieve health and equity:

American Medical Association

The American Medical Association is the largest and only national association that convenes 190+ state and specialty medical societies and other critical stakeholders. Its mission is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.


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America's Health Rankings

For three decades, America’s Health Rankings has provided an analysis of national health on a state-by-state basis by evaluating a historical and comprehensive set of health, environmental and socioeconomic data to determine national health benchmarks and state rankings. Their mission is to provide a wide variety of health and health-related information to help policymakers, advocates and individuals understand a population’s health in a holistic, inclusive manner.


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Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group

The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group (Aspen CSG) is committed to equitable rural prosperity and working towards a future where rural communities and Native nations are healthy places where each and every person belongs, lives with dignity, and thrives. The organization serves as a connecting hub, designing and facilitating action-inducing peer learning among national organizations, leaders, and policymakers to collaborate and learn from these rural practitioners. The foundational part of this work is the Thrive Rural Framework. https://www.aspencsg.org/thrive-rural/


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Berkeley Media Studies Group

Berkeley Media Studies Group conducts research to learn how the media characterize health issues. Through media advocacy training and consultation, BMSG helps advocates harness lessons from that research and develop the skills they need to shape journalists’ coverage of health issues so that it illuminates the need for policies that improve the places where people live, learn, work and play.


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City Health Dashboard / Congressional District Health Dashboard

More than 80 percent of U.S. residents live in urban areas. But until recently, few measures have been available for cities to assess health, the factors that shape it, and the drivers of health equity. That's where the City Health Dashboard comes in. Our goal is to provide city leaders with an array of regularly refreshed data to support health-related decision-making.


The Congressional District Health Dashboard builds on the expertise developed by the team at City Health Dashboard. This new tool provides actionable measures of health and its drivers calculated at the congressional district level, showing users how their district is doing on health outcomes, social and economic factors, and more. It is designed to help lawmakers, advocates, journalists, and others dig into congressional district-level data, identify priorities, and drive action.



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Community Partnerships for Health Equity (CPHE-MEDICC)

Founded in 1997, MEDICC has worked to promote US-Cuba health collaboration and highlight Cuba’s public health contributions to global health equity and universal health. MEDICC facilitates mutual learning opportunities in a variety of ways, including a documentary film; research journals; organized trips to Cuba for US policymakers, educators and practitioners; and a national network of US communities whose leaders have participated in MEDICC-organized experiences in Cuba and have been inspired to innovate for better health. 


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FrameWorks Institute

FrameWorks is a think tank that helps mission-driven organizations communicate about social issues in ways that build public will to support progressive change. FrameWorks uses rigorous social science methods to study how people understand social issues and develops evidence-based techniques that help researchers, advocates, and practitioners explain those issues more effectively.


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Georgia Health Policy Center 

The Georgia Health Policy Center provides evidence-based research, program development, and policy guidance to improve health status at the community level. The center conducts, analyzes, and disseminates qualitative and quantitative findings to connect decision makers with the objective research and guidance needed to make informed decisions about health policy and programs. Today the center is at work in more than 220 communities in all 50 states, helping our nation to improve health status.



Health Impact Project 

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, encourages local, state, and national organizations to include health considerations in policy decisions across multiple sectors, such as housing, transportation, and education. The project also works to create cross-sector partnerships that include the expertise of health care and public health systems.


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Healthy Places by Design

Healthy Places by Design advances community-led action and proven, place-based strategies to ensure health and well-being for all. The organization is a strategic partner for communities and those who invest in them, helping turn visions ​health into equitable and lasting impact. Drawing on its team’s experience supporting hundreds of partnerships, Healthy Places by Design strengthens assets and enhances efforts to grow an enduring culture of health and well-being.


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Human Impact Partners

Human Impact Partners transforms the field of public health to center equity and builds collective power with social justice movements. HIP works across the fields of capacity building, advocacy, organizing and policy-driven research to help build a public health field that is rooted in health equity and racial justice, and upholds policies, practices, and systems to ensure health and well-being for those who need it most.


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Michigan Public Health Institute

MPHI is a Michigan-based and nationally engaged, non-profit public health institute. They represent a team of teams, process and content experts, dedicated to a vision of building a world where tomorrow is healthier than today! Their mission is to work collaboratively to promote health and advance well-being for all.


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MIT Lab on Regional Innovation and Spatial Analysis

The Lab on Regional Innovation and Spatial Analysis (LRISA) at MIT examines economic opportunities for communities and individuals through the lens of place and space. Led by Dr. Amy Glasmeier, LRISA and partners West Arete and LOOP have developed the Living Wage Calculator, which helps individuals, communities and employers determine a local wage rate that allows residents to meet the minimum standards of living.


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Narrative Initiative

Narrative Initiative (NI) believes that narrative is a form of power. The program equips social justice leaders with the knowledge, resources, and skills necessary to harness narrative power and create durable social change.


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National 4-H Council / Cooperative Extension System 

National 4-H Council objectives are to provide youth with a broad- based learning experience and engage them in hands-on educational activities in which they explore and develop skills in civic engagement, civic education and personal development. National 4-H also facilitates direct opportunities for youth to apply what was learned in real world experiences in which they develop leadership skills using their voices, work, ideas and/or behavior to make a difference in their community, country and world.


Cooperative Extension System (CES) is operated through the nation’s Land-Grant University System in partnership with the federal, state and local governments. CES is a nationwide, non-credit educational network that addresses public needs by providing non-formal higher education and learning activities to farmers, ranchers, communities, youth, and families throughout the nation. With an organization that has been operating for over a century, CES is well positioned to efficiently get needed tools and knowledge into the hands of the people who need them.

Together, National 4-H Council and Cooperative Extension System are working to promote a culture of health in states and communities across the country.



National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO)

NACCHO aims to improve the health of communities by strengthening and advocating for local health departments. NACCHO is the only organization dedicated to serving every local health department in the nation. NACCHO serves 3000 local health departments and is the leader in providing cutting-edge, skill-building, professional resources and programs, seeking health equity, and supporting effective local public health practice and systems.



National Association of Counties (NACo) 

The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments. NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government, and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.  



National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI)

Mobilizing more than 40-member public health institutes with over $1.5 billion in annual funding – as well as 10 university-based regional training centers, and 40 affiliates – NNPHI is a social, financial and information network, connecting more than 4,500 subject-matter experts with organizational partners across the nation. The national network is a go-to resource for analysis and best practices. NNPHI also provides important network connections for communities, government agencies, foundations, the health care delivery system, media, and academia.



National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH)

Established in 1995, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health works to promote the capacity of State Offices of Rural Health and their stakeholders to improve health in rural America through leadership development, advocacy, education and partnerships. NOSORH supports the development of state and community rural health leaders; creates and facilitates state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhances access to quality healthcare services in rural communities.


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NeighborWorks cares deeply about affordable housing, community development and the people who benefit from them. They are successful at this work because of the breadth and knowledge of the NeighborWorks Network– more than 240 of the nation’s best community development organizations – and the support structure that they have built over more than 35 years. NeighborWorks helps practitioners build the skills, supplements resources and amplifies the reach of these organizations so they can build more houses, empower more individuals and transform more communities than they would be able to do on their own.




PLACES, a collaboration between CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the CDC Foundation, provides model-based population-level analysis and community estimates to all counties, places (incorporated and census designated places), census tracts, and ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) across the United States. The program is an extension of the original 500 Cities Project. 



Population Health Improvement Partners 

PHIP provides customized training, technical support and coaching nationwide to assist organizations and partnerships in dramatically improving their services/programs and initiatives, including designing innovative solutions together. They are committed to contributing assets in service of reducing disparities and improving equitable health outcomes. 


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Praxis Project 

The Praxis Project was founded in 2002 by Makani Themba to “forge a more capable, diverse, effective, connected and visionary cadre of changemakers worldwide.” Helping communities use media and policy advocacy to advance health justice under her leadership, The Praxis Project raised more than $20 million for organizers working in communities of color nationwide.


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UnidosUS serves the Hispanic community through their research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts, as well as in their program work in communities nationwide. They partner with a national network of nearly 300 Affiliates across the country to serve millions of Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy, health, and housing.



Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER)

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison works to improve educational outcomes for diverse student populations, impact education practice positively and foster collaborations among academic disciplines and practitioners.



YMCA of the USA 

The YMCA is the leading nonprofit committed to strengthening individuals and communities across the country. The Y helps those they work with find a greater sense of purpose – by connecting them with opportunities to improve their health, support young people, make new friends and contribute to a stronger, more cohesive community for all. 

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Working in Alignment

We work in tandem with a broad range of organizations to solve shared problems, exchange knowledge, learn with and from, and to share data and tools.


All In Network

American Cancer Society

American Public Health Association

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

BUILD Health Challenge

Build Healthy Places Network

Center for Creative Leadership

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

ChangeLab Solutions

Community Commons

Community Initiatives

Community Tool Box, University of Kansas

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Illinois Public Health Institute

Invest Health

Living Cities

Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC)

Measure of America

National Collaborative for Health Equity

National League of Cities

National Rural Health Association

Network for Public Health Law

New Jersey Health Initiatives


Practical Playbook (Duke University)

Prevention Institute

Prosperity Now

Public Health Activities and Services Tracking (PHAST)

Public Health Law Research

Purpose Built Communities

ReThink Health/Rippel Foundation

Rural Health Information Hub

Salud America!

United Way Worldwide