Healthy Counties Initiative


Creating and Sustaining Healthy Counties by Engaging, Collaborating and Sharing Solutions

Recognizing counties play a critical role in the health of all those who live, work and play across the country, the Healthy Counties Initiative was launched in 2011 to actively support counties as they serve their residents and employees.

The Initiative focuses on enhancing public-private partnerships in local health delivery, improving individual and community health, and assisting counties to effectively implement the Affordable Care Act. With guidance from an Advisory Board comprised of county leaders who are health advocates at NACo and corporate partners, priorities are identified to ensure county leaders received timely information to make the appropriate decisions for their counties.

Areas of interest include:

  • Enhancing coverage, access to and coordination of care for vulnerable populations in the community, including health services in hospitals, community health centers and county jails, while focusing on cost-containment strategies; and
  • Promoting community public health, prevention and wellness programs.

By addressing these areas and others, the Initiative envisions county leaders will be able to maximize their capacities to use best practices and foster public-private partnerships to promote healthy communities.

NACo Resources


To empower county leaders with resources for promoting and advancing health policies and programs that meet the needs of their residents and employees, NACo develops activities with input from the Advisory Board. Educational forums, workshops, webinars, blogposts, peer exchanges and publications are ways the Initiative engages counties and partners throughout the year to not only collaborate, but to also share efficient and effective solutions and build healthy counties. Counties can also explore the Healthy Counties Database, an online directory of strategies implemented by counties. 

Advisory Board Members


Maeghan Gilmore
Program Director

Healthy Counties Initiative Sponsors


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