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Forty U.S. Communities Awarded “ACHIEVE” Grants to Find Local Solutions to Improve Health

Contact: Teri Larson
Burness Communications
617-489-2218 or
Forty U.S. Communities Awarded “ACHIEVE” Grants to Find Local Solutions to Improve Health

Washington, DC (February 7, 2011)
Forty communities in 24 states today received grants to develop and implement solutions that prevent chronic diseases and related risk factors. The community efforts are convened through a national network of partners and are implemented through a collaborative approach called 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 2011 ACHIEVE communities will build on the successes of existing ACHIEVE communities from 2008–2010. These ACHIEVE communities have demonstrated success in making local improvements like working with city planners to install bicycle lanes to encourage biking to school; creating tobacco free parks; and sponsoring farmers markets to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

“The CDC is pleased to work alongside and support the efforts of the ACHIEVE national partners to make sustainable and positive community changes to establish healthy environments” said Dr. Wayne Giles, Director, CDC’s Division of Adult and Community Health. “Promoting healthier lifestyles and supporting healthy communities will help us change the landscape in our nation and focus on improving the health of all people. Through community action and our partnerships we can create momentum that assists people in making healthy choices where they live, work, and play.”

The five national organizations involved in ACHIEVE—National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, National Recreation and Park Association, the YMCA of the USA, and the Society for Public Health Education—are able to leverage each other’s assets and expertise in providing support to the 40 selected communities. This network enables these communities to have access to innovative ideas, strategies, and solutions, which allow these communities with opportunities to tap into each of the national organizations strengths, while at the same time creating a larger mobilized movement to make healthier places.

 A complete listing of funded communities appears below, as well as on the ACHIEVE website at and CDC’s Healthy Communities Program’s website at

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Catawba County Public Health, Hickory, NC
Central Virginia Health District, Lynchburg, VA
Columbus Public Health, Columbus, OH
Davidson County Health Department, Lexington, NC
Delaware General Health District, Delaware, OH
Franklin County Health Department, Frankfort, KY
Livingston County Department of Health, Mt. Morris, NY
Mason County Public Health, Shelton, WA
Nevada County Health and Human Services Agency, Grass Valley, CA
Yakima Health District Union Gap, WA

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)
Community Health Transformation, Dalton, GA
Creating a Healthy Community through Policy Change, Eugene, OR
Daytona BEACH (Best Environment for Active Community Health), Daytona Beach, FL
Healthy Communities Clinton County, Frankfort, IN
Healthy Manchester, Manchester, KY
Live Well Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC
Mendocino County Enhancing Community Health Options (ECHO), Ukiah, CA
Rutland County- Healthy, Active, Smoke Free, Rutland, VT
Shape Up Clark County, Kahoka, MO
Sussex County Healthy Eating Active Living, Seaford, DE

National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
Annapolis Recreation and Parks, Annapolis, MD
Bismarck Parks and Recreation District, Bismarck, ND
City of Helena Parks and Recreation, Helena, MT
City of Miamisburg, Miamisburg, OH
City of Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, Rock Hill, SC
City of Yuba City Parks & Recreation Department, Yuba City, CA
Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department, Corpus Christi, TX
Grand Forks Park District, Grand Forks, ND
The Maryland - National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Greenbelt, MD
Van Buren Township Parks & Recreation, Belleville, MI

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA)
Clallam County YMCA Inc., WA
Concord Family YMCA, NHFlorida’s First Coast YMCA, FL
Hopkinsville/Christian County Family YMCA, KY
Metropolitan Augusta YMCA, GA
Milan Family YMCA, TN
Ocean County YMCA, NJ
Regional YMCA of Western CT
YMCA of Greater Whittier, CA
YMCA of Summit, NJ