Kentucky Community Health Action Teams, or CHAT, is founded in the following objectives, supported by evidence collected through research and practice by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Dept. for Health and Human Services. These teams are designed to profoundly impact chronic disease prevention.
- Form strong, active community coalitions 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 health care costs and improve quality of life.
- Promote policy, environmental and system changes to support healthy choices and healthy living in communities throughout Kentucky.
Through a request for proposal process, the department awards funding to local health departments to develop action plans with evidence-based strategies to accomplish these objectives in their communities. The Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant helps provide funding to local health departments to focus on these local health priorities.
2017 Community Health ShareFEST presentations and resources
Local Health Department - Community Health Education List-Serv
The local health department (LHD) Community Health Education listserv is a great way to stay up to date on news and grant opportunities from other public health programs and partners; training and conference notices. The listserv is a resource for asking questions and networking with LHD colleagues across the state. Email Community Health Education to join the listserv.