Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) Program

The logo for the Creating Healthy Communities program offered by the Ohio Department of Health

“Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice.”

Program Overview

CHC in Ross County:

The Ross County Health District (RCHD) is proud to be one of the 22 counties in the state of Ohio to receive funding from 2020-2024 to support the CHC Program within our county. This funding will support active living and healthy eating strategies that will promote chronic disease reduction and prevention throughout our community. Based off findings from the most recent Ross County Health Assessment, our community deserves policy, system, and environmental changes that will support a healthy lifestyle for all Ross County residents.

Mission

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.

Priority Communities

For the span of the grant cycle, each subrecipient of the CHC grant is required to select three priority communities to design, implement, and evaluate chronic disease prevention and reduction strategies each grant period. For the 2020-2024 grant cycle, the following communities have been selected as the three priority communities:

City of Chillicothe
Census Track 9565

Paint Valley
Local School District

Ross County

Projects

City of Chillicothe Census Track 9565

2020

2021

2022

  • Chillicothe City Schools Community Garden

Paint Valley Local School District

2020

2021

  • Paint Valley Elementary ADA Playground Improvements
  • Paint Valley Ministries Food Pantry Client Choice Model Expansion

2022

  • Chillicothe Farmers Market Bainbridge Expansion

Ross County

2020

2021

2022

  • Chillicothe Complete Streets Policy

Positive Outcomes

1 Book-a-Bike Program added providing 10 free bicycles and accessories to rent for free

1 Playground and park improved

3 Policies and plans approved

Over 10 bike lanes, sharrows, and crosswalks have been improved or added in Chillicothe

Over 1,000 families provided fresh fruits and vegetables

Want to Learn more about the CHC Program?

Contact RCHD’s CHC Program