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Creating Healthy Communities

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.


The Creating Healthy Communities Program (CHC) is funded by a federal Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant administered by Ohio Department of Health.  The CHC program goal is to reduce the preventable risk factors for chronic conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. 

Activities target three priority communities: Buchtel, Barberton and the Lakemore/Springfield area.  Program activities include increasing physical activity, encouraging healthful nutritional choices and preventing/reducing tobacco use and exposure.

Programs occur in four settings - community, healthcare, schools and work site - through numerous partnerships and collaborations.

Desirable program outcomes include verbal or written policies, systems and environmental change – new methods of evaluating the effectiveness of community health programs that modify the environment to encourage healthy choices.

2015 Success Stories:  2015 Creating Healthy Communities Success Stories Booklet 

ODH CHC website: www.healthy.ohio.gov/chc

Healthy Ohio - The State of Living Well


2016-17 CHC Coalition Meetings

*To be announced*


For more information, please call

Heidi Dressler, MS, RD, LD
Summit County Public Health




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