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Six counties win Spotlight honors from AETNA

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Chester County, Pa. Commissioners Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone and Michelle Kichline hit the treadmills in Eagles gear to kick off the WalkWorks ChesCo! 2018 program — contributing to the county’s goal of 5 billion steps by the end of 2018. The county’s 2017 challenge netted 2,700 participants and 1.7 billion steps and also earned a $10,000 kudo from NACo’s Spotlight Award program, a joint project with the AETNA Foundation and the American Public Health Association. Photo courtesy of Chester County, Pa.

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Aetna is recognizing counties in Ky., N.C., Texas, Va. and Wash. for their creative solutions to public health issues

Six counties are among 10 communities nationwide recognized for their creative solutions to public health issues by AETNA Foundation’s newly launched Spotlight Award program.

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About the winners

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The counties are Louisville/Jefferson County, Ky.; Chatham and Mecklenburg counties in North Carolina; Waco-McLennan County, Texas: Danville- Pittsylvania County, Va. and Thurston County, Wash. Each will receive a $25,000 prize to support and advance their work.

Two more county teams — from Durham/Cabarrus County, N.C.  and Chester County, Pa. — received honorable mentions and a $10,000 prize.

The award is part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, NACo and the American Public Health Association (APHA), launched in 2016.

The project supports 50 small-to-midsize cities and counties that are implementing innovative solutions to pressing public health issues in their communities.

Spotlight awardees have identified creative partnerships and enacted replicable programs that address the unique health issues facing their communities such as food access and challenges with built environments.

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