|This map spotlights the 10 counties in the case studies. For all the 42 counties identified as "bright spots," see below.|
The 10 counties are Hale, in Alabama; McCreary and Wayne in Kentucky; Noxubee in Mississippi; Tioga in New York; Madison in North Carolina; Potter in Pennsylvania; Sequatchie in Tennessee; and Grant and Wirt, in West Virginia.
"This research offers evidence that local communities, even with modest resources, can influence in a positive way the health and well-being of their citizens," ARC Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas said in a press release. "All the counties profiled in this research share a sense of strength and resiliency. They offer concrete examples for other communities that may be encouraged to similarly leverage their own available assets to advance health and quality of life."
Funding for the study also came from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.