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What led to the creation of the Alliance?
The Alliance has its roots in the 2014 Community Health Assessment (CHA) process. The CHA’s steering committee spent over a year gathering and reviewing data to identify the three health priorities for Chatham County. Once that process wrapped up, it was clear that the work was only beginning; to address these issues, the group needed to continue working together. Thus, the Alliance officially launched in March 2015 to bring together both traditional and nontraditional partners to work on issues affecting health in Chatham County, with a focus on the health priorities.
How long has the Alliance been meeting?
The Alliance held its first meeting March 3rd, 2015, in the old Ag Auditorium in Pittsboro. Since then, it has met every other month. The subcommittees, which focus on each health priority, first began meeting in July 2015.
When and where are the meetings held?
The Alliance meets the first Tuesday of every other month and alternates between Pittsboro (the old Ag Auditorium) and Siler City (Western Chatham Senior Center). View the calendar for details on each meeting.
What organizations are represented?
The Alliance members represent a diverse group of organizations, agencies, businesses, and communities. From traditional health providers like Chatham Hospital, the Public Health Department, and Piedmont Health Services, to nonprofits, planning departments, faith-based communities, university partners, schools, retirement communities and assisted living facilities, the YMCA, pharmacies, and many more. To see a full list of members visit Our Partners. the Alliance’s strength and potential come from its knowledgeable and passionate membership. And each month, the Alliance welcomes new members (including you!).
How is the Alliance funded?
The Alliance has been fortunate since its start to receive funding and technical support from The Duke Endowment’s Healthy People Healthy Carolinas Initiative, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC, and Aetna/American Public Health Association/National Association of Counties. To learn more about visit Grants, Awards, and Recognition. In addition to this generous support, the Chatham County Public Health Department provides staff support and Chatham Hospital serves as the Alliance’s fiscal agent.
How can I, or my organization, become involved?
We always welcome new members who are committed to improving health outcomes in Chatham County. If you would like to join this work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-545-8443. There is no fee to join.
How does the Alliance specifically work to address the health priorities?
The subcommittees are the drivers of initiatives targeting the health priorities. Each subcommittee has an action plan with evidence-based strategies aimed at creating measurable change. You can learn more about each subcommittee’s work and see these action plans on their respective pages:
Does the Alliance work on issues other than the health priorities?
While much of the Alliance’s work focuses specifically on the health priorities, there are a few reasons why such a broad group of stakeholders remains engaged in our work. First, the health priorities represent big issues that encompass many areas. For example, the priority Access to Mental Health Services covers access to care, substance abuse prevention, and school-based initiatives, among others. Many stakeholders of different backgrounds and interests have joined the subcommittee to work on the different issues they are passionate about. Next, the Alliance provides a tremendous opportunity to meet and connect with those working to better the Chatham community. To learn about our current projects visit Our Current Project.