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 and increase opportunities for physical activity 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 the 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 Middlebury. Program activities include increasing physical activity and encouraging healthful nutritional choices. 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. Learn more by reading the Creating Healthy Communities Success Stories Booklets or by visiting the ODH CHC website.

For more information, please contact:
Kendra Taylor, RD, LD
Program Coordinator

Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program

The goals of this grant are to create social norm change through community action to decrease initiation and use of tobacco in local communities and to decrease the community’s exposure to secondhand smoke while focusing on increasing the readiness of your community to initiate and engage in tobacco control and cessation strategies. This grant supports the adoption of smoke-free policies in residential and public housing complexes.

For more information, please contact:
Jessica Wingert, MPH, CHES, CTTS
Program Coordinator

HUD Lead Hazard Control Grant Program

Are you at risk for lead poisoning?


  • Lead paint was used in homes until 1978.
  • More than 38 million homes may still contain lead paint.
  • DIY home projects with tear-down, sanding or power washing can cause lead exposure.
  • Homes in these specific zip codes are at risk.


  • Lead exposure in children and during pregnancy can lead to:
    • learning problems
    • slow groth
    • hyperactivity
    • hearing loss
    • behavioral problems
    • brain damage
    • babies being born too small or prematurely


  • Grant money is available for reducing lead-based paint hazards in Summit County homes. To be eligible, the home must
    • Be located in Summit County
    • Have been built before 1978
    • Have a pregnant woman or child under age 6 in residence (or serve as a child care location for a child under 6
    • Homeowners or tenants must meet income guidelines

For more information, visit the HUD Lead Hazard Control Grant.