County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) is a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with a primary goal of supporting community health improvement and accelerating action to advance health equity. The program uses data, evidence, guidance and stories to support action on the social determinants of health, and offers a suite of tools and resources focused on equity. CHR&R strives to:
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) and Healthy Places by Design has a longstanding collaboration (since 2014). Focusing on equity and community-led transformation is a shared value that has enabled our organizations to collaborate and inform each other’s work, and sustain our partnership. Healthy Places by Design has served in a variety of roles to support the efforts and capacity of the CHR&R program, including the Roadmaps to Health Action Awards (2014-2016), and the Action Acceleration and Collaborative Learning initiative (2016-2020). In addition to managing these funding opportunities designed to enable communities to respond to timely priorities to advance health and equity, Healthy Places by Design has provided learning network facilitation, convening and training management, and field building support.
Healthy Places by Design’s current collaboration with CHR&R focuses on two initiatives to achieve impactful community change around health and equity through broad outreach.
“Healthy Places by Design brought a valuable outside lens and diverse experiences that helped drive innovation. We relied on them to facilitate, design and lead virtual, interactive discussion groups, produce learning modules, and cultivate stories of community efforts to advance health and equity. They were instrumental in identifying, mining and writing about the rich examples and lessons learned from local communities, something we had wanted to do for a long time. Healthy Places by Design’s knowledge and expertise significantly contributed to growing our organizational capacity and setting communities up for greater success."
Senior Sustainability Leader for the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
“Healthy Places by Design brought a valuable outside lens and diverse experiences that helped drive innovation.”
Healthy Places by Design has collaborated with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps for 14 years. We serve as an Associate Producer for the CHR&R National Webinars which focus on social determinants of health and equity, and reach a broad and diverse audience across the country every month. Our Collaborative Learning Director, Joanne Lee, recently shared about the professional and personal impact of a recent CHR&R webinar.
The COVID-19 pandemic and intensifying social division have created a perfect storm in our country. The combination of these circumstances have highlighted health disparities and the urgent need to address them in order to truly build a nationwide culture of health. As communities have been called to manage the current public health crisis and navigate an uncertain future, they have been even hungrier for relevant and timely support and resources.