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Community coaching available for Rural Impact County Challenge

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Up to 10 Rural Impact County Challenge participants will receive community coaching

As part of the Rural Impact County Challenge (RICC), NACo and the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program are offering community coaching for up to 10 RICC counties.

Community Coaches from the Roadmaps to Health Action Center support local leaders’ efforts to improve their communities. They work with local, multi-sector teams to address the broad factors that influence the health of communities.

The Roadmaps to Health Action Center is an online platform, which provides practical help for local leaders working collectively to improve their communities. It provides guidance and tools to understand the rankings data and strategies that communities can use to take action, bring expertise from a variety of disciplines — from public health to law to social work to urban planning to hospital community benefits — to support leaders in using Action Center tools and guidance to advance their goals.

How Can Community Coaching Help Your County?

Coaches provide guidance to teams that are working to improve their communities. Drawing upon tools and resources in the Action Center, Coaches provide support in a variety of ways including, but not limited to:

  • equipping new partnerships with tools and guidance as they get going
  • providing guidance to partnerships looking to strengthen or revamp their approach
  • propelling a community from data assessment to action
  • assisting with issue campaigns or policy advocacy
  • supporting teams in implementing new policies or programs 
  • suggesting frameworks, tools, and consultants, for evaluation efforts, and
  • connecting communities to national leaders and expertise and other communities doing similar work.

Learn More

For more information and to apply, go to  Applications for community coaching are due Friday, Aug. 26.  Applicants must be a Rural Impact County Challenge participant.

Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Fall Symposium

As part of the Rural Impact County Challenge, those selected to receive Community Coaching will be invited to attend the annual Rural Action Caucus Symposium. The symposium will include programming for RICC teams and opportunities to engage with your Community Coach, team members and peer teams. It will be held in Leon County, Fla., Dec. 7–9.

Community Coaching is part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.


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