Project updates, commentaries, events and news about health across the nation from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps team.

How are Communities Using Rankings Data to Improve Local Health?

Monday, December 10, 2012

Throughout the country, residents and local community leaders are using County Health Rankings data to prioritize and coordinate health improvement efforts. Two projects are now highlighted on our stories page.

In Flint, Michigan, the Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) incorporated public safety into its initial County Health Rankings Action Plan—a 10-year effort to strategically improve the health of residents in Genesee County and the City of Flint. This year, the coalition introduced the 2012 Health & Safety Mini-Grant Program—nine grants for a variety of community-based initiatives aimed at improving local health by creating safer environments for people to live, learn, work and play.

In Menominee County, Wisconsin, residents and community leaders responded to their ranking of 72nd of 72 counties in the state by redoubling efforts to become a healthier community. So far, community leaders have addressed the low ranking by determining appropriate partners, programs, and policies to address health determinants outlined in the Rankings and held a health summit on wellness and community engagement efforts.