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National Association of Counties: Rural Impact County Challenge

Deadline: November 3, 2017

The Rural Impact County Challenge (RICC) is a national initiative to help advance counties’ efforts to reduce the number of rural children and families living in poverty. The Challenge seeks to highlight and support counties making a real difference in the lives of children in rural communities. County teams will be selected to receive assistance from a Roadmaps to Health Community Coach from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Program, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program that health factors in nearly every county in America and provides annual rankings that reveal a snapshot of how health is influenced by where people live, learn, work and play (see: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/about-project).

RICC is a Call to Action demonstrating strong county leadership, commitment, and vision to achieve concrete results on behalf of rural children and families. This Call to Action asks counties to develop or refine an actionable plan that can be used to achieve local and state-level impacts. While it is not required to participate, county elected officials can also pass a resolution pledging to work with local, state, and federal entities (e.g., schools, health and social service providers, and state and federal policymakers), children and families, and other key stakeholders. Actionable items include:

  • Convene or draw on a diverse team of leaders and decision makers from multiple agencies committed to reducing the number of children and families in rural areas living in poverty
  • Develop a plan with measurable outcomes that improves access, participation, and/or impact of evidence-based and other promising practices in one or more of the following areas: early childhood education, nutrition, workforce development, and health and human services
  • Implement research-based approaches that advance the plan
  • Create a process to track progress using data and information systems, and to report on successes

Amount: This is an application for community coaching.

Eligibility: Counties that are members of the National Association of Counties may apply.

Link: http://www.naco.org/resources/programs-and-services/rural-impact-county-challenge-community-coaching-0

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