Vision: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

Mission:Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) is committed to preventing and reducing chronic disease statewide. Through cross-sector collaboration, we are activating communities to improve access to and affordability of healthy food, increase opportunities for physical activity, and assure tobacco-free living where Ohioans live, work and play. By implementing sustainable evidence-based strategies, CHC is creating a culture of health.

To learn more about the Creating Healthy Communities initiative and its statewide impact, please click here.

2018 Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held at 10:00am at Marion Public Health.

  • March 1st, 2018
  • September 27th, 2018
  • December 6th, 2018

Community tour and training

  • June 21st, 2018 – Meeting location and tour details will be forthcoming.

Meeting dates are intended for all members of the Creating Healthy Communities and Pioneering Healthy Communities Coalitions. This will provide members with an opportunity to stay informed and engaged as we work to improve efficiency and impact through the consolidation of these coalitions.

Creating Healthy Communities Success Stories

Learn how we’ve partnered with the Marion County Board of DD to not only increase access to healthy food, but also provide community inclusion for individuals with disabilities – read our success story here!


For more information on CHC, or to partner with us, please contact Erin Creeden at 740-692-9128.

Coalition Partners

Marion Family YMCA
Marion County Commissioners
Elgin Local School
Tri-Rivers Career Center
Marion City Schools
River Valley Local Schools
Pleasant Local School
Ridgedale Local Schools
City of Marion
Marion Technical College
The Ohio State University Marion
Center St Community Clinic
Regional Planning
Village of New Bloomington
Marion County Park District
Marion Matters
Marion Visitors Bureau
Marion Area Chamber
Downtown Marion, Inc. Manager
Marion Co DD Board
United Way of Marion Co
Ohio Health-Marion General Hospital
OSU Extension
Boys & Girls Club
Marion Twp Trustee Road Superintendent
Job & Family Services
Marion City Parks
City Council
Christ Missionary Baptist Church
Marion City Police
Prospect Village
Marion Senior Center
Local Residents

2018 Marion County Healthy Communities Objectives

Healthy Eating

  • Improve access to healthy food options by implementing policy, system and environmental improvements that support Farm to Institution in Marion County worksites and community organizations.
  • Increase access to healthy food options by implementing a Nutrition Incentive program at the Downtown Farmers’ Market.
  • Assist youth serving organizations to adopt policies that support health eating.
  • Work with community organizations to implement policies supportive of Breastfeeding.

Active Living

  • Collaborate with Marion County community partners to increase access to physical activity as evidenced by improvements to parks and playgrounds.
  • Advocate, educate and take steps towards implementing policies and procedures that support active transportation in Marion City.
  • Coordinate with key stakeholders on infrastructure improvements that support walking and biking in the north-end of Marion City.
  • Partner with local schools to support PSE changes that increase physical activity opportunities for all students.
  • Educate and assist community partners on Open Use and Shared Use Agreements that improve physical activity opportunities.
  • Work with community partners on implementing Crime Prevention through Environmental Design strategies that support safe places for residents to be physically active.
  • Improve inclusive physical activity opportunities by implementing a Universal Bike Share program.

Coalition Capacity

  • Merge existing CHC & PHC coalitions thereby increasing capacity and moving toward greater collective impact.
  • Collaborate with Marion partners to conduct evaluations on community health strategies.
  • Provide educate for coalition members and the general community on evidence-based strategies that improve population health.
  • Increase PSE skills and knowledge through coalition development and educational opportunities.
  • Develop coalition capacity for future implementation of Health Equity in All Policy.
  • Increase communication and improve public awareness of Marion County’s Healthy Community PSE work.