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• The Aetna Foundation and U.S. News & World Report ranked the healthiest communities in the United States by evaluating how well they were able to meet health care needs, quality of education, equity, and economic vitality.
• How will this report encourage other communities to become stronger and healthier?
• Read about the emerging world of online health communities.
There has been a lot of discussion in recent years over what makes a healthy community. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals highlights a few of the basic components: eradication of poverty and hunger; access to quality education and infrastructure that promotes healthy living, a strong economy and resilient communities.
But the extent to which those goals are reached often varies from country to country and community to community. Even the United States, arguably among the most affluent countries in the world, is characterized by disparity when it comes to how, and to what extent, communities meet those goals.
To showcase the communities in America that are doing the best job of improving residents’ health through strategic partnerships, expanded public health assessments and education programs, the Aetna Foundation and U.S. News & World Report released the Healthiest Communities inaugural ranking in March 2018 – a detailed health report of U.S. communities.
Healthiest Communities examines 3,000 counties across the country, offering a snapshot of just what those values look like at home: How well communities succeed in meeting health care needs; what education looks like in their neighborhoods; how well equity is addressed, the locality’s economic vitality and public safety record and so on.
The counties were evaluated according to ten categories that had been determined to drive health outcomes, including a community’s economic vitality and ability to guarantee intrinsic qualities like public safety and access to food and nutrition.
Read the full article about healthiest American communities by Jan Lee at TriplePundit
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