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:

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/



Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the work of state and territorial public health officials and furthering the development and excellence of public health policy nationwide. ASTHO’s primary functions are to develop strong and effective public health leaders; improve public health through capacity building, technical assistance, and thought leadership; and advocate for resources and policies that improve the public’s health and well-being.


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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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Build Healthy Places Network

The Build Healthy Places Network sits at the intersection of community development, finance, public health, and healthcare. From that unique perspective they intentionally position partnerships between these sectors to leverage community-centered investments to reduce poverty, improve health, and advance racial equity.


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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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CommonHealth Action

For the better part of 20 years, CommonHealth ACTION has worked with philanthropy, non-profits, businesses, governments, and community-based coalitions across the country to support their growth and development. As we design each engagement, our team applies evidence-based and experience-informed practices from our fields of expertise. Through our services, we support organizations as they seek to achieve their missions, which in turn helps us achieve ours.


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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.



Healthy Democracy Healthy People

Healthy Democracy Healthy People (HDHP) is a nonpartisan initiative of major public health and civic engagement organizations. Our overall aim is strengthening our collective capacity to realize health and racial equity by advancing an inclusive healthy democracy that promotes civic and voter participation. They focus on creating systemic change by building the public and political will and influence of the health sector.


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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.



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.



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.



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 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.




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. 



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.



Voices for Healthy Kids

Voices for Healthy Kids strives to make every day healthier for every child. They want every child, toddler, and infant in every community to have access to affordable healthy foods and beverages, safe places to play and get active, high-quality early childhood development, and more. Voices for Healthy Kids works around the country to improve or create equitable policies that will make the places kids live, learn, and play healthier.


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Vot-ER develops nonpartisan civic engagement tools and programs for every corner of the healthcare system—from private practitioners to medical schools to hospitals. Their work is driven by a community of health care professionals, organizers, clinical students, and technologists united by a common vision: healthy communities powered by inclusive democracy.


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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.


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 Medical Association

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 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 4-H Council / Cooperative Extension System

National Collaborative for Health Equity

National League of Cities

National Rural Health Association

NeighborWorks America

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


United Way Worldwide

YMCA of the USA