Join RWJF on Friday, April 4 for a Google+ Hangout on the 2014 County Health Rankings
Apr 2, 2014, 12:06 PM
Last week the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) released its 2014 County Health Rankings, an annual assessment of how where we live, learn, work and play impacts our health. This coming Friday, April 4 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET, RWJF will be hosting a First Friday Google+ Hangout focused on the how the County Health Rankings can be used to help spur business, government, public health, education and other sectors to work together to create healthier communities.
>>Go here to register for Friday’s event.
Susan Dentzer, senior policy adviser to the Foundation, will lead the discussion exploring the Rankings’ key findings and how they have inspired communities to take meaningful action to improve health.
Panelists will include:
Katie Loovis, Director of U.S. Community Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement, GlaxoSmithKline, will discuss how good health is good for business. When more people in a community are healthy, there are lower health costs, fewer sick days and increased productivity, according to Loovis. And when communities are healthier, everyone in the community benefits.
Mary Lou Goeke, Executive Director, United Way of Santa Cruz County, will discuss how the United Way uses the County Health Rankings’ framework to mobilize people and organizations to use good data and evidence to identify joint priorities; develop and implement collaborative solution; build public will; and engage in advocacy to improve education, financial stability and health. Santa Cruz County won an inaugural RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize, which honors outstanding community partnerships helping people to live healthier lives.
Brian Smedley, Vice President and Director, Health Policy Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, will discuss how where you live plays a significant factor in how healthy you are. The Joint Center runs a national initiative called PLACE MATTERS to build the capacity of local leaders around the country to improve social, economic, and environmental conditions that shape health. The learning community consists of 19 teams working in 27 jurisdictions.
Marjorie Paloma, Senior Policy Adviser, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), who will discuss the foundation’s partnership with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in producing the County Health Rankings, as well as the many online tools that can help communities compare rankings, delve more deeply into the data and learn more about particular interventions that can address community health issues.
>>Bonus Links: Read up on some of the panelists:
- United Way of Santa Cruz County won the RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize for their efforts
- Brian Smedley shared why place matters to health in a recent interview with NewPublicHealth.
- Marjorie Paloma previously spoke with NewPublicHealth about the critical role of housing in better health. Housing is one of the new measures in the 2014 County Health Rankings and a national trend report found that almost 1 in 5 households are overcrowded, pose a severe cost burden, or lack adequate facilities to cook, clean, or bathe.
- Katie Loovis wrote about why living a healthy life is like a game of Shoots and Ladders, on the RWJF Culture of Health Blog. One of Katie Loovis' colleagues at GlaxoSmithKline, Robert Carr, also talked with NewPublicHealth about why businesses should care about community health.
This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.