Grants & Awards
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.
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.
Chatham 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.