Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge


The National Association of Counties (NACo) is partnering with the Aetna Foundation and the American Public Health Association (APHA) on a $1.5 million prize competition, the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge (the Challenge). The challenge aims to improve measurable health outcomes and promote health, wellness, equity and social interaction through practical, evidence-based strategies and cross-sector collaboration.

Counties and cities involved in the Challenge will work to improve their residents’ health by incorporating health considerations into policies and practices, developing replicable strategies that achieve measurable results and creating sustainability by leveraging prize money from the Challenge. For more information, visit


Congratulations to the HCCC Spotlight Award Winners!

As part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge (HCCC), the Aetna Foundation, along with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Association of Counties (NACo), are recognizing 10 community health programs with the HCCC Spotlight Award. The Spotlight Award works to highlight several of our participating cities & counties that have stepped up with home-grown solutions to tackle their local social determinants of health.

Spotlight Awardees have identified creative partnerships and enacted replicable programs that address the unique health issues facing their communities. To help support and advance their work, the 10 selected organizations will receive a $25,000 prize, and five honorable mentions will receive a $10,000 prize.

Read more about the Spotlight Award here. For more information on the selected programs and the work that is being done in their communities, visit our Map page.

Spotlight Award Winners

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Camden, New Jersey

Chatham County, North Carolina

Danville, Virginia

Leon County, Florida

Louisville, Kentucky

Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

Miami, Florida

Thurston County, Washington

Waco-McLennan County, Texas

Honorable Mentions

Baltimore, Maryland

Chester County, Pennsylvania

Durham and Cabarrus County, North Carolina

Jersey City, New Jersey

St. Petersburg, Florida

Challenge Resources

Challenge Website  Frequently Asked Questions


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