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County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R)


County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R), a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is working to improve health outcomes for all and to close the health gaps between those with the most and least opportunities for good health. This work is rooted in a deep belief in health equity, the idea that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, income, location, or any other factor.

In 2020, CHR&R is celebrating 10 years of shaping the conversation nationally about how where you live matters to your health. When you think of place, you might think of housing. But what about education, income, social supports and safety, air and water quality, and transportation? Over the course of a decade CHR&R has advanced understanding that these are all part of your place. We have also come to realize that when you take a closer look, using the lens of place, there are deeper questions to ask. Places have different resources and opportunities for health. Within places, not everyone has the same chance to be healthy and to experience wellbeing. “Place matters” has become a veritable fact – yet there is much to learn about how we create healthy places everywhere for everyone.


The 2020 Wisconsin State Report

The 2020 Wisconsin State Report highlights how health outcomes and health factors differ by place within Wisconsin AND illustrates how health differs among racial/ethnic groups within places. Patterns of unfair and avoidable differences in a variety of health measures exist at the local, state, and national level. We have an interactive graphic that allows you to explore how health may vary for counties and among racial/ethnic groups within Wisconsin. Link to interactive graphic:

The Key Findings Report (KFR)

The Key Findings Report (KFR) is a call to action for leaders and community changemakers to take these national findings, lift up local histories and lived experiences, and dig into local data to better understand the health of your own communities. Working together in your community, you can implement strategies to create places where everyone has a fair and just chance to lead the healthiest life possible. Throughout the report, you will find references to specific local data resources, evidence-informed strategies, guidance on taking action, and examples of communities that are working to close the gaps in opportunity. Supporting materials (such as data tables) are available at

Action Toward Equity

Action Toward Equity: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize (the Prize) honors and elevates U.S. communities working at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all. Through our experience selecting and working with Prize-winning communities, we have found that many community leaders and residents are searching for guidance on how to accelerate efforts to give everyone in their communities a fair and just opportunity for health. What can we learn from the 35 RWJF Culture of Health Prize winners (2013-2017) to guide and inspire others?


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University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
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