Communities Putting Prevention to Work

The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and its partner, The Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC), were awarded $16 million to promote changes in policy and to the environment in school, workplace and community settings that make it easier for individuals and families to make healthy choices and live active lives.

About the Cook County CPPW Initiative

The Cook County initiative was a project of the Alliance for Healthy and Active Communities, a collaborative led by CCDPH. Its overall goals were to:

  • Increase availability, accessibility, and demand for nutritional options.
  • Decrease opportunities for excess caloric intake from unhealthy food and beverages.
  • Increase availability or utilization of safe places to be physically active.

We worked with:

  • Partners that represent various sectors vital to a community’s design and its health, including government, urban planning, parks and recreation, agriculture, health care, schools, businesses, grass-roots community- and faith-based organizations.
  • Health Campaigns to raise awareness about issues impacting nutrition and physical activity.
  • Trainings for communities to effectively advocate for local, county and state policies that result in environments where people can eat healthy foods and be physically active.
  • Grants to communities and schools interested in laying the groundwork to become model places to live, work and play. This initiative was be an expansion of the Model Communities program that was currently supported by funds from the Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental changE ACHIEVE initiative of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) (sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

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