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U.S. News & World Report and the Aetna Foundation announce collaboration to highlight community health

Jun 07 2017

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in health care rankings, and the Aetna Foundation, the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna, today announced they are teaming up to evaluate which communities across America are doing the best job of improving the health of their citizens. The new U.S. News/Aetna Foundation Healthiest Communities project, coming in 2018, will feature in-depth reporting, analysis and research highlighting communities that are producing better health results through innovative partnerships, programs and policies.

“For more than 25 years, U.S. News has measured health care quality in the U.S. in order to improve it,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “Similar to what we’ve accomplished with our Best Hospitals and Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, we are going to evaluate how cities and counties decrease chronic disease, keep people out of the hospital, provide access to health care and ultimately lower costs. Our findings will allow communities to learn from each other and improve their efforts.”

“Our mission is to promote wellness, health and access to high-quality care for everyone,” said Garth Graham, MD, MPH, president of the Aetna Foundation. “Working with U.S. News on the Healthiest Communities project will allow us to shine a light on communities and the steps they are taking to improve the health of individuals and families. We hope this accelerates change in the way communities think about and pursue improvements in public health.”

U.S. News will host a special panel discussion on “Building Healthy Communities” at its annual Healthcare of Tomorrow conference, taking place November 1-3, 2017 at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Washington, DC. For more information about the conference or to register, visit

Healthiest Communities is the third multimedia platform developed by U.S. News to showcase how government leaders and public policies best serve their citizens.. U.S. News unveiled Best States in 2017 and Best Countries in 2016.

Aetna Foundation Media Contact
Joanna Breitstein

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About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 30 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

About The Aetna Foundation

The Aetna Foundation is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna (NYSE:AET). As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who volunteered 430,000 hours in 2016 alone. For more information, visit