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Creating Healthy Communities

Creating Healthy Communities Program 

The Ross County Health District (RCHD) is proud to be one of the 23 counties in the state of Ohio to receive funding from 2020-2024 to support the Creating Healthy Communities Program within our county. This funding will support active living and healthy eating strategies that will promote chronic disease prevention throughout our community. Based off the findings from the most recent Ross County Community Health Assessment our community deserves policy, system, and environmental changes that will support a healthy lifestyle for all Ross County residents.

Vision:  Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice


Mission:  Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) is committed to preventing and reducing chronic disease statewide. Through cross-sector collaboration, we are activating communities to improve access to and affordability of healthy food, increase opportunities for physical activity, and assure tobacco-free living where Ohioans live, work and play. By implementing sustainable evidence-based strategies, CHC is creating a culture of health.


Contact RCHD’s Creating Healthy Communities Program

Ciara Martin, MPH,  Community Health Specialist

cmartin@rosscountyhealth.com (740) 779-9652


2020 Strategies and Priority Communities:

RCHD is committed to establishing and maintaining strong partnerships that generate not only healthy people, but healthy communities. For that reason, RCHD has committed to working with three priority communities during the current CHC grant cycle of 2020-2024. The three priority communities are Ross County as a whole, Paint Valley Local School District, and specific neighborhoods within the City of Chillicothe.

Active Living

Healthy Eating

We need your opinion!  Help us improve walking, biking, and active transportation in Ross County!

The Ross County Health District and their partners are asking for your help in identifying locations that need improvement for people who walk, bicycle, use a mobility aid, or take the bus.

Our team is working to complete an Active Transportation Plan for Ross County. This plan will focus on identifying and developing solutions to the current active transportation needs in your community.

With your help, we will gather information on specific locations in our transportation network that are meaningful to you.

When reviewing the map please comment on the implantation and improvement of sidewalks, crosswalks, signage, bike lanes, and shared-use trails throughout the county.


How to use the map

  1. Agree/Disagree?
    1. Click on an existing point (locations in color) and a box will appear where you can agree or disagree with the suggestion. Please provide a comment in this box for why you agree or disagree with the suggestion.
  2. Add a Point or Route!
    1. Do you know of a barrier to walking and biking that has not been addressed on the map? Are there areas that you would like to walk and bike but it’s not possible or safe? Or maybe you just want to let us know where you are already walking and biking in the community? Simply click the ‘add route’ or ‘add point’ on the top of the map to include your suggestion to the problem.

Start Here by clicking on the image below!