American Public Health Association’s new Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge has been announced.   The request for proposals and application form are available at www.healthiestcities.org/apply .   APHA is accepting applications through Feb. 26, 2020 at 3 p.m. EST!

APHA, in partnership with the Aetna Foundation — a private foundation affiliated with CVS Health — and National Association of Counties, will provide $100,000 in funding and nonfinancial support to selected communities to address access to foods that support healthy eating patterns and access to health services through systems-level approaches and resident engagement over a two-year period.

The Challenge invites applications from cities, counties and federally recognized tribes with a population of up to 600,000 in California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia that are prepared to work across silos in order to advance health equity and prevent chronic diseases.

This is a great opportunity to explore for peer learning and experimenting with new ways of working with residents and cross-sector partner organizations.