Kentucky’s CHAT objectives, supported by evidence collected through research and practice by the CDC and the US Dept. for Health and Human Services, are designed to have a profound impact on chronic disease prevention.
- 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 department awards funding to local health departments to develop action plans with evidence-based strategies to accomplish these objectives in their communities.