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Healthiest Cities and Counties Community Spotlight Series: Chatham County, NC

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The Chatham Health Alliance is leveraging partnerships with the county health department to adopt a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach for their long-term plan. Their plan includes multiple initiatives to target obesity.

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Chatham County incorporated health within the county's comprehensive plan and 25 year plan for growth. The Chatham Health Alliance is leveraging partnerships with the county health department to adopt a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach for their long-term plan, which includes multiple initiatives to target obesity. Check out the resources in the NEW Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge Toolkit!

Chatham County, NC: Leveraging Partnerships Built Through the Comprehensive Plan

What are some of the greatest health challenges that the members in your community face?

The health priorities identified in our last Community Assessment (2014) were Obesity, Access to Mental Health Services, and Access to Healthcare. We will complete another Community Assessment in 2018.

What are some of the health initiatives, specifically related to the Challenge's work, that are taking place in your community?

We were able to collaborate with partners to include a Health Element in our county's Comprehensive Plan. We are now in the process of taking policy and programatic recommendations, and determining how to realize these within our community. In addition, we are working on developing a community assessment strategy that will allow us to better track health outcomes and impacts of these community-wide initiatives over time.

Can you share either a personal story or an observation that might help illustrate the impact this initiative and/or the Challenge has had on you/your community?

The biggest impact that this has had to date is insitutationalizing health within the county's comprehensive plan, and 25 year plan for growth. In addition, it has strengthened and forged new community partnerships, which will allow us to more quickly realize the recommendations from the Health Element in the Comprehensive Plan.

Have you experienced any major successes or challenges so far with this initiative? If so, can you elaborate?

Yes, the official approval of the Comprehensive Plan, including the Health Element.

Can you describe the progress of your project? What has been accomplished?

Inclusion of the Health Element in the Comprehensive Plan.
 

What does it mean to be part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge?

The Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge provide an impetus for the collaboration behind the comprehensive plan!

*Chatham County was a Spotlight Award Winner!

Adapted from the original post on the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge Learning Network. For more information on this and other Healthiest Cities and County Challenge Projects, visit the Challenge website at www.healthiestcities.org.

About Blaire Bryant (Full Bio)

Health Program Manager

Blaire Bryant is the Program Manager for Health at the National Association of Counties. In this capacity, she manages programs that provide information, training and assistance to county officials to help meet the emerging challenges they face in their communities.

 

Counties across the nation have accepted the challenge to make measurable changes in their community  as Finalists in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. This County Spotlight Series highlights county Challenge teams’ progress and achievements.

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