County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
2014 County Health Rankings Release on March 26
On March 26, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute will release the 2014 County Health Rankings at www.countyhealthrankings.org. On release day, take a moment to see what’s new—explore your county’s health, where you excel and where there is room for improvement. Also on release day, join the County Health Rankings 2014 Release webcast to learn more about the fifth edition of the Rankings. Hear from program leadership about data and national trends, and learn how communities are using the Rankings to inspire a culture of health. For more information, follow the Rankings on twitter @CHRankings and join the discussion at #HealthRankings. More »
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
We know that much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor’s office—in our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program creates solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their own communities, focusing on specific factors that affect health, such as education and income. Having health insurance and quality healthcare are important to our health, but we need leadership and action beyond healthcare. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, the County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to what’s making people sick or healthy. Roadmaps to Health shows what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation collaborates with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to bring this groundbreaking program to cities, counties and states across the nation.
Making it Easier to Find What Works for Health
NACCHO members will be glad to learn about the latest release from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps: What Works for Health, an online searchable menu of policies and programs focusing on factors that make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. Because evidence matters when it comes to developing and implementing solutions to problems that affect communities, each of the programs included in What Works for Health is given an evidence rating. The highest-rated programs and policies have been shown to work.
What Works for Health is easy to use. Local leaders can choose a health factor of interest (i.e., tobacco use, employment, access to health care, environmental quality, etc.) and browse through the evidence ratings for particular programs, policies, or system changes that address the particular health factor of interest.
Please share this new resource with your colleagues and social media followers: www.countyhealthrankings.org/what-works-for-health. Send questions to Angela Russell, Community Engagement Lead, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, at firstname.lastname@example.org.