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.”

Complete Streets.

Ross County Health District’s CHC Program is collaborating with the city of Chillicothe to develop a Complete Streets Policy. To learn more about Complete Streets please click below.

Chillicothe Complete Streets – Walk Audits

We are now requesting community feedback to influence the Chillicothe Complete Streets Policy. Please participate by completing one of our walk audits:

Ward 1 – Monday, September 19th 4 pm

(Meeting at parking lot behind KFC on Plyley’s Lane)

Leader: Kelly Dennis

Ward 2 – Thursday, September 29th at 4 pm

(Meeting at Northside Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library Branch)

Leaders: Kim Hardesty and Ciara Fox

Ward 3 – Wednesday, September 28th at 4pm

(Meeting a Chillicothe Middle School parking lot)

Leaders: Kim Hardesty and Ciara Fox

Ward 4 – Tuesday, September 27th at 4:30 pm

(Meeting in front of Mt. Logan on Main Street)

Leaders: Asti Powell and Devon Shoemaker

Ward 5 – Wednesday, September 28th at 1 pm

(Meeting at Ohio University Chillicothe’s Childcare Center parking lot)

Leader: Kelly Dennis

Ward 6 – Tuesday, September 20th at 4 pm

(Meeting at the corner of East 7th Street and Redd Street, near the City of Chillicothe’s Maintenance Garage)

Leader: Kelly Dennis

Each participant will need to complete a participation agreement in order to partake in the walk. Participants who provide their name and phone number and complete at least one audit will be entered in to win a FREE Fitbit. 

For more information contact Ciara Fox at

Link to Participant Forms and Ward Routes

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.


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


City of Chillicothe Census Track 9565




  • Chillicothe City Schools Community Garden

Paint Valley Local School District



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


  • Chillicothe Farmers Market Bainbridge Expansion

Ross County




  • 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