Healthy Counties Initiative

Healthy Counties focuses on enhancing:

  • Public-private partnerships in local health delivery
  • Access to, and coordination of, care for vulnerable populations in the community, including through health services in hospitals, community health centers and county jails, while concentrating on cost-containment strategies, and
  • Community public health and behavioral health programs.

By addressing these and other relevant topics, Healthy Counties empowers county leaders with resources for promoting and advancing health policies and programs that meet the needs of their residents and employees. County leaders and corporate partners collaborate, share efficient and effective solutions and build healthy counties through educational forums, workshops, webinars, peer exchanges and publications.

Healthy Counties Initiative

NACo’s Healthy Counties Initiative creates and sustains healthy counties by supporting collaboration and sharing innovative approaches to pressing health issues. An Advisory Board, comprised of county leaders who are health advocates and corporate partners, identifies priorities and ensures that other county leaders receive timely information to make appropriate health decisions for their counties.

Healthy Counties Initiative Advisory Board


Nick Macchione
Health & Human Services Agency, Director
San Diego County, California


Vice Chair

Toni Carter
Ramsey County, Minnesota


Lenny Eliason
Athens County, Ohio


Brenda Howerton
Durham County, North Carolina


Merrill Johnson
VP, Public Sector - Counties
Netsmart Technologies, Inc., New York


Mark Ridley-Thomas
Los Angeles County, California


Gloria Whisenhunt
Forsyth County, North Carolina


Kenneth Wilson
County Administrator
Franklin County, Ohio


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