Health Promotion

As a local health department, we strive to protect and improve health within the community. Our grant programs help us to this by allowing us to:
- Preventing and controlling the spread of disease and injury,
- protecting against environmental hazards,
- promoting and supporting healthy behaviors, and
- preparing for and responding to emergencies

Grant Programs

Creating Healthy Communities

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.

Tobacco Prevention

The Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program is a state-administered program that operates within ODH. TUPCP receives funding from the CDC and other grants, state general revenue funds, and other funding sources. The program promotes healthy outcomes in adults, children, and babies by limiting the effects of tobacco and tobacco smoke by taking steps to lower smoking rates.

Major components of the program include Prevention, Cessation, Enforcement and Data and Statistics.

Project DAWN

Project Dawn is a community-based opioid education and naloxone distribution program. Program participants receive a take-home naloxone kit and training on:

  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of an overdose
  • Calling 911
  • Rescue Breathing
  • Giving Naloxone
  • Adverse Reactions
  • Preventing Overdose
  • Storage and Expiration

You can request a Naloxone Kit here:

Mobility Management

Mobility Management works with partnering agencies such as Chillicothe Transit System, Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Friel and Associates, and Connect Transportation to connect community members to transportation options. Our office works to educate the community on what’s available to them whether it be public or private transportation, or walking and cycling. The goal of the Ross County Mobility Management Program is to connect seniors, individuals with disabilities, and low-income residents with available transportation options in Ross county.


The Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) cooperative agreement is a critical source of funding for state, local, and territorial public health departments. Since 2002, the PHEP cooperative agreement has provided assistance to public health departments across the nation. This helps health departments build and strengthen their abilities to effectively respond to a range of public health threats, including infectious diseases, natural disasters, and biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological events. Preparedness activities funded by the PHEP cooperative agreement specifically targeted the development of emergency-ready public health departments that are flexible and adaptable.