Community Health Action Teams
Community Health Action Teams (CHAT), an initiative of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant. CHAT is designed to help communities develop infrastructure and capacity to prevent chronic disease and create healthier places to live, work and play.
Kentucky’s CHAT objectives, supported by evidence collected through research and practice by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services, are designed to have a profound impact on chronic disease prevention. These objectives are:
- Form strong, active community coalitions comprised of partners from diverse sectors including health systems, education, transportation and zoning, agriculture, business and industry, community members and other organizations;
- Conduct community assessments to determine health priorities while addressing social determinants of health and considering community strengths and weaknesses;
- Cultivate strong community-clinical linkages to improve health outcomes, reduce healthcare costs and improve quality of life; and
- Promote policy, environmental and system changes that will support healthy choices and healthy living throughout Kentucky communities.
Through a request for proposal process, the state Department for Public Health awards funding to local health departments to develop action plans with evidence-based strategies to accomplish these objectives in their communities.