NACo Announces the Participants in the Rural Impact County Challenge Action Learning Cohort

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The National Association of Counties (NACo) and County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) are happy to announce the NACo members that have been selected for the 2019 Rural Impact County Challenge (RICC) Action Learning Cohort!

Recognizing the critical role local officials play in supporting innovation and change, the national initiative will help advance county efforts to both expand affordable housing and understand the link between housing, health and equity. CHR&R is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute that provides data, evidence, guidance, and examples in order to build awareness of the multiple factors that influence health and connect community leaders working to improve health and equity. Together, CHR&R & NACo will help identify new and innovative solutions to the issues facing counties including affordable housing.

Running from September 2019 – to August 2020 the participating counties will develop lasting cohort of co-learners working on similar issues in diverse locations around the US. Receive guidance to develop professional multi-sector partnerships to support your work in housing and create an individualized action plan to meet your county needs, objectives and measures. Through the networks that NACo and CHR&R have developed counties will have Access to experts during webinars, online exchanges and in-person meetings.

Counties participating have created a team of three to five individuals ranging from public health directors, housing directors, judges and elected officials that will join as a community of learners in a structured format to learn, collaborate, and network to understand the link between housing, health and equity. Topics of interest that will be explored by the cohort include a wide range of topics ranging from the lack of comprehensive emergency shelters, housing affordability, intergenerational poverty and health disparities.

All the participating counties will meet in-person for the kickoff event at NACo’s 2019 Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Summit: Bridging the Economic Divide in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Counties confirmed for participation are:

  • Blair County, Pa.
  • Carbon County, Utah
  • Lancaster County, S.C.
  • McCracken County, Ky.
  • Mono County, Calif.
  • Palm Beach County, Fla.
  • Perry & Athens Counties, Ohio.
  • Prince Edward, Va.
  • Renville County, Minn.
  • Rice County, Minn.
  • Saratoga County, N.Y.
  • Swift County, Minn.

Support for the RICC Action Learning Cohort was provided in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation. To learn more about the Foundation, visit

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