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Grants, Awards, and Recognition

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Though we are a young coalition, formed in March 2015, the Alliance has already received over $500,000 in grants and awards, as well as national recognition for our work. 
Grants & Awards

BCBS As the Community Health Assessment Steering Committee was transitioning into the Chatham Health Alliance, Chatham County received funding through Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina’s Community-Centered Health initiative ($15,000). This funding was used to bring in a local public health expert to organize a team of key stakeholders and lay the groundwork for the Alliance, as well as provide technical support. It also enabled Alliance leadership to attend trainings on upstream public health strategies to address social determinants of health. 

HPHC In January 2016 the Alliance received $450,000 in grant funding from the The Duke Endowment’s Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas initiative. Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas aims to improve community health and health outcomes—focusing specifically on nutrition, physical activity and the prevention of chronic disease. With the funding, we hired a coordinator for the Alliance and will introduce and implement projects in the community aimed at improving the health of the residents of Chatham County.

HC50_chathamcountyChatham County was also chosen as one of 50 communities in the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. The Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge is a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the National Association of Counties. As a Phase II finalist, Chatham County received $10,000 seed funding to support the Alliance’s work to incorporate health into the Chatham County Comprehensive Plan and to develop a county-wide data collection strategy. 

CJA The Chatham Health Alliance was recognized with the Health Transformation Award at the Communities Joined in Action conference in San Antonio, Texas on February 16th, 2017. The award specifically recognized the work of the Alliance to implement the Exercise is Medicine program, a collaborative initiative between Piedmont Health Services and the Chatham County Public Health Department. Exercise is Medicine is a program originally designed by the American Medical Association and the American College of Sports Medicine to reduce chronic disease burden through physical activity referrals.