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Promoting Healthy Workplaces & Healthy Communities

The Inaugural Community Health Challenge was won by the City of Lakewood.
Read the announcement and press coverage.


Welcome to the Cuyahoga County Health Alliance. In 2014 County Health Rankings, Cuyahoga County was ranked 65th out of Ohio’s 88 counties in health outcomes. We have been ranked 67th, 65th and 69th over the last three years. State and local data show that the leading causes of death and disability across the county are from chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes. These are largely preventable diseases. In addition, the average life expectancy is 65 years of age in some communities in Cuyahoga County; whereas, it is 85 years of age in other communities just a few miles away. Living in one community instead of another means that you may live 20 fewer years. We need to do better than this - and I think we can.

One action step to address health outcomes and disparities in the county is the County Health Alliance, launched in April 2012. The Alliance brings together institutional partners and municipalities to fight the burden of chronic disease. We have provided resources and capacity building such as workshops on tobacco free campus policies, stress management, access to healthy foods and activity living through cycling over the last two years. We want to continue those activities this year.

In conjunction with the Alliance’s two year anniversary, was Community Health Challenge held in Spring and Summer of 2014. The Challenge engages communities and municipal workplaces in a voluntary, countywide competition that drives improvements to health and well-being. The inaugural challenge was won by the City of Lakewood.

Please get involved and join the county in this important work. Questions and feedback can be sent to




Target 1: Healthy Eating 

Target 2: Active Living 

Target 3: Tobacco  





In the Spotlight

Cuyahoga County Kicks Off Inaugural Community Health Challenge 

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald today announced the start of the first Community Health Challenge to promote health and wellness for the 59 communities across Ohio’s largest county.

Heroin Crisis Causes 195 Deaths in Cuyahoga County During 2013 

Growth rate in fatalities slows after County implements preventive measures

Learn About Upcoming Training Programs in Urban Agriculture 

OSU Extension offers workshops throughout the year on community gardening and market gardening.

See the attached flyer for more information on topics and timing.

Cuyahoga County and MetroHealth Unite to Provide Virtual Doctor's Appointments in the Workplace 

Technology connects Cuyahoga County employees to MetroHealth doctors with push of a button

Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga (HIP-C)

Cuyahoga will utilize a community driven process to conduct health and social assessments, identify priorities and implement a comprehensive and collaborative approach for carrying out and funding health improvement strategies.

Vision - Cuyahoga County is a place where all residents live, work, learn and play in safe, healthy, sustainable and prosperous communities. 

Click here to view the CountyStat Cuyahoga County Board of Health September 17, 2013 PowerPoint presentation