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Clark County Selected For National Health Grant

Clark County Selected For National Health Grant

One of 10 Communities Named Across the U.S.

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) today announced that Clark County one of 10 communities selected nationwide to become part of Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental ChangE (ACHIEVE). ACHIEVE is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Healthy Communities Program. The initiative is an aggressive social movement that is mobilizing leaders in local communities to respond to the public health challenge of obesity, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition. The grant amount is $64,000 to be disbursed over the next 3 years.

ACHIEVE is a partnership between local communities and national and state organizations joined in a movement to create healthier places to live, work and play. Through ACHIEVE, partners work together to change policies that make the healthy choice the easy choice. ACHIEVE brings together concerned citizens who take a holistic approach to creating healthy communities for this and future generations. It brings together and provides local leaders with technical assistance to empower communities to take local action to solve specific health problems. Community leaders use a strategic approach to put policies in place that address physical activity, nutrition, tobacco cessation, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, and improve access to places that support people in becoming and staying healthier.

“The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is pleased to partner with the Clark County Wellness Coalition to support ACHIEVE”, said John Robitscher, Executive Director of NACDD. “We know that promoting healthier lifestyles and supporting healthy communities will assist people in making healthy choices where they live, work and play.”
Valerie Brown, RN, BSN, Community Health Nurse of the Clark County Health Department applied for this program and was selected after a competitive review process. Jennifer LaFrenz, Vice President of the Kahoka/Clark County Chamber of Commerce, will join Valerie Brown as Lead Coaches. The two will attend a 3 day Coaches meeting in Atlanta, GA in March to learn more about the ACHIEVE model. The training will prepare them to lead the Wellness Coalition through a Community Assessment, development of a Community Action Plan, Implementation of the Plan, and Evaluation of their efforts.

NACDD, along with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) all partnered to fund a total of 40 communities in 24 states to become part of ACHIEVE
For a complete listing of all funded communities, please visit the ACHIEVE Web site at or CDC’s Healthy Communities Program’s Web site at: