NACo Launches Housing and Health Action Learning Cohort

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The National Association of Counties is excited to announce the selection of counties for the 2019 Housing and Health Action Learning Cohort (HHALC).

Participating in the HHALC will be:

Johnson County, Iowa
Minnehaha County, S.D.
Orange County, Fla.
Walton County, Fla.
Washington County, Ore.

Local officials are essential actors in fostering innovation and investments that lead to healthier lives in their communities. Through a cohort-based approach, the HHALC will enable counties to further their understanding of the impacts of housing quality, stability, affordability on local health outcomes. Cohort activities will equip county officials and staff with information and strategies that recognize the intersections of housing and health in community-level planning and investments that will address socioeconomic disparities and drive greater equity.

Over the course of the ten-month cohort period, counties will participate in in-person and virtual learning and engagement opportunities. Cohort counties have created teams of two to four individuals representing health, human services, housing, community development and elected officials. Topics of interest that will be explored by the cohort include housing affordability, health disparities, housing quality and safety, housing stability and the impact of location and neighborhood on resident health.

The Counties will also receive individual and group-based support from NACo staff and expert from partner organizations from the housing, planning, public health, human services and other related sectors. Counties will receive guidance in creating individualized action plans in meeting county needs around housing and health equity. 

This initiative, along with the recently announced Rural Impact County Challenge Action Learning Cohort, are part of a larger body of work at NACo.  Throughout the remainder of the year and next, NACO will continue to provide county leaders with learning opportunities around effective program and policy options to address the issues of housing and infrastructure with the goal of building of healthier counties.  

The Housing and Health Action Learning Cohort met for their first in-person event in conjunction with NACo’s Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) Symposium on November 6 in Miami-Dade County.

Support for this cohort is provided 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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