This chapter, in Volume XV of To Improve Health and Health Care, explores a new and important source of data, the County Health Rankings.
Irene Wielawski, a veteran health care journalist, examines the way in which the rankings are used, especially through the County Health Roadmaps, to encourage local policies that improve the community’s health. In a sense, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps merge the Foundation’s long-standing interest in good data with its newer interest in activities to improve the health of entire populations and communities. And, as Wielawski observes, the County Health Rankings have, in fact, spurred action to improve population health at the local level—either directly through interventions that encourage better health or indirectly through job creation and economic development.
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- 1. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Forty
- 2. A Conversation with Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
- 3. Terrance Keenan: An Appreciation
- 4. The Five Cs
- 5. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Approach to Evaluation
- 6. Communications at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Turning up the Volume, Adjusting the Frequency
- 7. National Programs: Understanding the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Approach to Grantmaking
- 8. Tending Our Backyard: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Grantmaking in New Jersey
- 9. Project ECHO: Bringing Specialists' Expertise to Underserved Rural Areas
- 10. The Food Trust: Increasing the Availability of Healthy Food
- 11. Populating Population Health: The Health & Society Scholars and the Young Epidemiology Scholars Programs
- 12. Child FIRST: A Program to Help Very Young At-Risk Children
- 13. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps