Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental changE (ACHIEVE) is a collaboration of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO, and other selected national organizations. The project addresses obesity and other chronic disease risk factors by funding communities to create and enhance policy, systems, and environmental change strategies such as increasing access to healthy foods and encouraging physical activity. NACCHO funds 33 communities and facilitates development of a community action plan, links communities to resources, provides technical assistance, supports the evaluation process, and maintains the ACHIEVE website.
The communities address strategies that can prevent or help manage the health risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and arthritis. Specific activities are directed toward reducing tobacco use and exposure, promoting physical activity and healthy eating, and improving access to consistent high-quality preventive health services.
There are currently 149 ACHIEVE community sites. More information can be found at the ACHIEVE website.
New JPHMP Article on ACHIEVE
In the May/June 2013 issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, the article "Multisector Coalitions Build Healthier Communities Through ACHIEVE Initiative" features new research on the success of NACCHO-funded ACHIEVE communities in addressing chronic disease.
ACHIEVE Compendium Now Available!
Building Healthier Communities: Local Health Departments Implement the ACHIEVE Initiatives, is a compendium of success stories highlighting how NACCHO's ACHIEVE Communities have been able to positively impact their community through increased collaboration, increased and sustainable funding, and make their communities happier, healthier, and safer places to live. To download a PDF version of the compendium, click here.
Four ACHIEVE Local Health Departments Newly Accredited
In a new press release, NACCHO applauds the eleven public health departments receiving new national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The eleven public health departments are made up of two state health departments and nine local health departments, including Livingston County Department of Health, Franklin County Health Department, Three Rivers District Health Department, and The Public Health Authority of Cabarrus County, Inc., which are local health departments who participated in ACHIEVE. Click here for more information.