We believe in a future where everyone has opportunities to be healthy and to thrive. Many factors impact how long and how well we live. Our data show how these factors shape community conditions, while highlighting the stark differences in health that stem from injustices and barriers to opportunity. Use our resources to take action toward better health for all.
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps provides data, evidence, guidance, and examples to elevate how the conditions where we live, learn, work, and play shape health. We are continuously examining the role we can play to support communities’ efforts to improve health and increase equity.
As we look to the future, we will:
- Listen and learn: We will engage in conversations with leaders on the ground. We commit to listening to, learning from, and working with partners dedicated to advancing health equity. We will also be more intentional about drawing from the lived experiences and expertise of those most directly impacted by barriers to opportunity.
- Take a fresh look at the County Health Rankings model: As we explore ways to use data to communicate the historical drivers and current manifestations of racial and spatial inequities in counties across the nation, we will revisit the Rankings model and assess what changes are needed to highlight fundamental causes of health.
- Explore new data sources and measures: We will investigate new sources and measures to more effectively capture differences in opportunities as we take a deeper dive into the drivers of health and equity.
- Broaden and enhance What Works for Health solutions: We will expand and improve What Works for Health, our searchable menu of more than 400 evidence-informed policies and strategies, by adding more topic-focused curated lists. We will also work to refine our evidence ratings to offer even more context about how each policy impacts equity. These efforts will be increasingly important to offering solutions that reshape community conditions.
The Rankings have expanded the nation’s understanding about what impacts health. The ranking of counties has always served as a way to start that conversation locally. In the past, we have reported on spatial inequities within states and the differences in health outcomes and factors between urban, suburban, and rural areas. In more recent years, there has been a more explicit focus on the intersection of race, place, and health with measures such as income inequality and residential segregation. Our suite of resources, which include Action Learning Guides, webinars, and the guidance offered to communities throughout the years through coaching assistance, have increasingly emphasized the underlying factors that create disparities and hinder equity.
Click here to see the 2021 County Health Rankings