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Public health is moving toward high impact, place-based approaches focused on building healthier, more resilient communities so that everyone—in every community—has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

Governmental public health agencies are leading this charge to transform systems and policies in ways that empower local communities. Join ASTHO, NACCHO, the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, and other partners in building healthy and resilient communities by investing in community-led, place-based, cross-sector approaches.

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A Message from Nicole Alexander-Scott

Watch as Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH explains the ASTHO Challenge and why it’s important to create healthy places for people to live, learn, work, and play.

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Public health leaders know that place matters. This interactive map highlights initiatives for improving health in community settings and shows where is important work is happening across the nation.

ASTHO Challenge Map


This searchable database contains reports, case studies, and other resources to inspire health agency leaders to collaborate with community members and partners to build healthier, more resilient communities.

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Learn About ASTHO's Place-Based ECHO

ASTHO formed a Place-Based ECHO to uncover what makes place-based interventions so effective. Check back soon for updates.

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Become a partner in this challenge and join us in a multiyear, national effort to promote community-led, place-based, cross-sector approaches to achieve better health.

Share Your Story

How are you making your community healthier? Tell us about your work to engage local communities, business leaders, and nontraditional partners from diverse sectors in advancing health equity.