|Dear AJPH subscriber,
We know that achieving health equity means addressing the social determinants of health. And in the long term, sustainable success requires reaching outside the traditional public health community to form cross-sector partnerships. That’s why this National Public Health Week, we’re so excited to announce a new opportunity to create healthier communities nationwide.
APHA, the Aetna Foundation and the National Association of Counties, in partnership with CEOs for Cities, announce the start of a multiyear program to encourage small to mid-sized cities, counties and federally recognized tribes to convene multisector partnerships in support of positive health change. More than $1.5 million in prizes will be awarded to participants that demonstrate measurable change in the next few years. Efforts will be judged both on the quality of cross-sector partnerships and progress on metrics such as tobacco use, walkability, housing affordability, living wages and community safety.
Proposals to participate in the Challenge are due May 31, 2016.
Those selected to participate will receive community seed grants and will be offered technical assistance, subject matter expertise and online educational opportunities throughout the Challenge. So start working on your proposal today!
At APHA, our vision is to create the healthiest nation in one generation. We know this will happen from the community level on up. We’re proud to support the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge and believe it can jumpstart sustainable efforts that will continue to thrive even when the Challenge is over.
Susan L. Polan, PhD
Associate Executive Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy