Posted on: January 31, 2018

CHA Recognized with Spotlight Award - Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge


Cabarrus and Durham Counties are of the fifteen U.S. communities receiving recognition

Kannapolis, NC, 1/31/2018 — The North Carolina Healthiest Counties Cross-Sector Team- comprised of the Cabarrus Health Alliance, Durham County Department of Public Health and Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy-has been selected to receive an additional $10,000 as part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge (the Challenge) Spotlight Award. Ten winners and five honorable mentions were chosen for the Spotlight due to their early successes in the challenge and demonstrated ability to improve opportunities for all Americans to take an active role in healthy living.

The award is part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, an initiative launched in 2016 by the Aetna Foundation, along with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Association of Counties (NACo), empowering 50 small-to-midsize cities and counties to implement innovative solutions for their local public health issues. The 15 cities and counties are tackling community-specific health disparities head-on and developing practical, evidence-based strategies to improve health conditions.

The Cabarrus Health Alliance and partners are improving health equity and population health in both Cabarrus and Durham Counties through several existing community programs that target food access insecurity, low physical activity indicators, and integrate exercise prescriptions into clinical settings. The team is also piloting payment reform and changes in health care delivery through the use of community health workers. Health indicators will be monitored to assess successes through the end of the contest.

The Challenge is a $1.5 million prize competition focused on small and mid-sized U.S. cities, counties and federally-recognized tribes that plan to address social determinants of health. The 50 participants were chosen based on strategies to improve the health of their communities in at least one of five domains: healthy behaviors, community safety, built environment, social/economic factors and environmental exposures.

“At the Aetna Foundation, we know that a positive health impact can be made when communities work together to tackle social determinants of health,” said Dr. Garth Graham, president of the Aetna Foundation. “We are honored to showcase these innovative organization as honorable mentions in the Spotlight Award for their commitment to improving local health conditions and creating healthier, safer places.”

The Cabarrus Health Alliance and partners will be using the additional financial award to continue collaborating and delivering innovative community programs within the healthy behaviors and built environment domains that address chronic disease indicators locally and can be replicated across the United States.

For more information about the North Carolina Cross-Sector Team’s project please visit: http://www.healthiestcities.org/map/durham-and-cabarrus

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