The Health Collaborative of the Dan River Region Receives National Recognition through the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge

The Institute for Public Health Innovation has been working in partnership with The Health Collaborative of the Dan River Region, VA to support community health improvement planning and strategy implementation through facilitative leadership, technical assistance, and resource development.

In 2016, The Health Collaborative was selected as one of 50 finalists to compete in the Healthiest Cities  & Counties Challenge, a two-year prize competition supported by the Aetna Foundation, American Public Health Association, and the National Association of Counties.

On February 1st, 2018, The Health Collaborative was selected by the Aetna Foundation as a Spotlight Award winner for its efforts to make the Dan River Region a healthier place to live.  The Health Collaborative is one of 10 groups nationally to receive this award.  The recognition came with $25,000 in funding to support the continuation and growth of the Collaborative’s initiatives.

For more information on the Spotlight Award, read The Health Collaborative’s recent press release or visit