Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge
When Aetna says we want to build a healthy world one community at a time, we mean that literally. Our communities are where we have the power to influence our health more than ever before. Your ZIP code matters more than your genetic code: It determines what kind of air you breathe and water you drink, whether you have access to fresh food and places to exercise.
The Aetna Foundation has teamed up with the National Association of Counties and the American Public Health Association to create the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. This ambitious nationwide initiative is awarding more than $1.5 million in prizes to small and midsized cities, counties and federally recognized tribes that are able to show measurable improvements in keeping their residents healthier.
On this page, we profile five communities that were chosen as Spotlight Award winners, who have demonstrated significant progress since the Challenge’s launch. They’re all finding innovative ways to improve their residents’ health—from improving access to walking and biking trails to cleaning up the environment to addressing poverty and violence.