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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...

Rebuilding for Health: New Orleans, LA

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a cross-sector partnership between schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations, city government and the local health department in New Orleans, LA, has made public health and prevention a major component of the ongoing recovery effort.

Creating Healthier Environments for Everyone: Minneapolis, MN

Despite what you might expect with the climate, any annual list of “most bikeable” cities is going to have Minneapolis, MN, near the top. As the county seat of Hennepin County, which ranked 52 out of 84 counties in Minnesota in the 2012 County Health Rankings , Minneapolis is intentionally designed with bikeways and paths to encourage active transportation, including biking and walking.

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.

PedNet Coalition Works to Improve Health Through Better Public Transit

Home to the University of Missouri, Columbia is considered one of the state’s most livable cities, with a number of educational, economic and cultural opportunities available. It is also the seat of Boone County, which ranked well according to the 2011 County Health Rankings —10th out of 114 counties in Missouri for health outcomes and 2nd for health factors.

Addressing High Rates of Obesity in Muscatine County, Iowa

Every five years, all counties in Iowa are required to perform a health needs assessment, then submit a detailed health improvement plan to the state department of public health. This year, health officials in Muscatine County were excited to have a new set of data to incorporate into their planning — the detailed information from the 2010 County Health Rankings .

Part II: Collaborating to Improve Health Behaviors in Genesee County, Michigan

In an April 2011 Rankings in Action webinar , Kirk Smith, president and CEO of the Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) commented that the 2011 County Health Rankings were "...a good tool to wake people up.” Ranked 78th out of 82 Michigan counties for health outcomes and last for health behaviors, Genesee County leaders appreciated the wake up call to create a County Health Rankings action plan.

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