Creating Healthy Communities

Program Information

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.

Examples of our work:

  • Collaborating with community partners to make policies and other changes that support healthy food and vending choices, smoke-free spaces, and being more physically active in community-based organizations, schools, and work sites.
  • Helping communities create a plan to reduce chronic disease in their neighborhoods.
  • Providing public information and educational materials on chronic disease prevention.
  • Providing information on local quit smoking programs, weight management programs, and physical activity resources.
  • 2013 Creating Healthy Communities Success Stories

Key Projects

  • Franklin County Physical Activity Plan 
    Plan aims to make it easier for Franklin County residents to be active as party of their daily activities.
  • Franklin County Tobacco-Free Collaborative 
    A network of organizations, businesses and individuals who have teamed up to build support for tobacco prevention and control in Franklin County.
  • Healthy Policies for Healthy Communities
    Columbus Public Health provides technical assistance to community-based organizations in the creation of policies that support healthy lifestyles for organization members and customers. 
  • Smoke Free Housing Program 
    Columbus Public Health offers resources to public and private property managers to implement smoke free housing policies.
  • Columbus Public Health Farmers Market
    Annual market at Columbus Public Health held in late July - early August, accepting Food Stamps and WIC vouchers.

Learn more about Creating Healthy Communities projects throughout the state of Ohio: