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Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC)

In the fall of 2008, members of the St. Clair County Health Care Commission (SCCHCC) and the St. Clair County Get Up & Go Health and Wellness Campaign were asked to serve alongside other community leaders as part of the 5th cohort group of the national Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC) initiative.

Leaders from multiple sectors of our county are represented on both the Commission and the PHC team. They include representatives from government, education, industry, faith, recreation, and health care.

Developing a Community Action Plan

Upon their return from training in Washington, DC, the newly formed PHC Leadership Team began to develop a Community Action Plan to impact policy and environmental change to improve active living and healthy eating for the communities of St. Clair County.

A successful partnership

The partnership between the SCCHCC and the PHC Leadership Team is ongoing and successful. It has enhanced health‐related policies and environmental changes through Get Up & Go. Some of the accomplishments of the partnership include:

  • Funded and mentored 14 Community Development Grants
  • Convened three annual Health Policy Summits
  • Received additional funding through a Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant to develop three obesity-prevention demonstration projects with schools and communities (East St. Louis, Belleville, Lebanon) and has successfully integrated the Get Up & Go with other County programs and resources (Tobacco Prevention, Adolescent Health, Maternal & Child Health, and Quality Improvement)
  • Developed a Get Up & Go toolkit for schools and youth organizations
  • Developed a Get Up & Go toolkit for neighborhoods and communities
  • Established a County-wide Get Up & Go resolution, and 10 municipal resolutions to focus on active living and health eating
  • Participated in a two-year National Multi-State learning project with ongoing training and mentoring for Quality Improvement in the area of community collaboration
  • Helped to strengthen County and municipal commitments to expand walking trails and food markets.
  • Conducted nine Community Health Living Index (CHLI) assessments