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Grant Programs

Creating Healthy Communities GrantCHC-AthensCty-Logo
Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) grant is funded through the Ohio Department of Health and is awarded to the Athens City County Health Department, along with 22 other counties in the state. CHC is an initiative that focuses on preventing chronic disease through increased access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities. We do this through utilizing policy, system & environment (PSE) changes to create communities where the healthy choice is the easy choice. 

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.

Ohio Department of Health - Creating Healthy Communities
Creating Healthy Communities Coalition Facebook Page
CHC in Ohio Flyer 

Success Stories

For more information about this grant, please contact Kari Boyle at kboyle@athenspublichealth.org or 740-592-4431 ext. 5913

Maternal and Child Health Grant

The Maternal and Child Health grant is funded through the Ohio Department of Health and is awarded to the Athens City-County Health Department.  This program is an effort to eliminate health disparities, and improve the health status of women, infants and children in Ohio. This program is comprised of two parts: Child Health and Women’s Health.

Child Health
We train local childcare providers to be designated Ohio Healthy Programs (OHP). The Ohio Health Program is a healthy eating, physical activity, and development training for early childhood health professionals that promotes policy, systems, and environmental changes in the early care and education setting. The in-person training provides 15 hours of Ohio Approved professional development. The training is broken down into 3 sessions: Healthy Habits, Healthy Menus and Healthy Policies.

A child care site can apply to become a designated Ohio Healthy Program upon completing all trainings, aligning with OHP menu requirements, adopting a healthy policy, and engaging families on an OHP related topic. OHP designation is valid for one year. OHP designated sites are encouraged to renew designation by ensuring all program requirements are met.
Ohio Healthy Program Website: https://occrra.org/ohp/

Women’s Health
We work to improve women’s health in worksite settings of 50 or fewer employees. This initiative includes hosting health screenings, helping worksites adopt and implement healthy policies, and surveying women to find out what worksite wellness initiatives interest them. We work to improve the worksite physical environment by providing physical activity or healthy eating equipment, or implementing walking routes or health promotion signage. 

We connect women and their employers to health and wellness resources and information including primary, preventative, and prenatal care, chronic disease prevention, community resources, smoking cessation, and wellness information. We partner with worksites to provide tailored programming, helping worksites support the health and well-being of their employees. 

For more information about this grant, please contact Megan Buskirk at mbuskirk@athenspublichealth.org or 740-592-4431 ext. 5910