Creating Health Schools and Communities in Chautauqua County

Creating Healthy Schools and Communities (CHSC) is a five-year (2015-2020) public health initiative to reduce major risk factors of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases in six high-need school districts and associated communities in Chautauqua County. Grant funding is provided by the New York State Department of Health for work in Cassadaga Valley, Dunkirk, Jamestown, Pine Valley, Ripley and Silver Creek school districts and their surrounding communities. The goal is to implement evidence-based policies, strategies, and practices to increase demand for and access to healthy, affordable foods and opportunities for daily physical activity. Join us in creating a healthier community in which to live, work and play. To learn more, contact the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities Schools Coordinator at 716-338-0010 or

Built Environment Initiatives

CHSC is working toward getting Complete Streets policies in place at the City and County levels. To improve levels of physical activity, a streetscape improvement project is being put into action. As safety and accessibility of streets in the neighborhood are enhanced and as connections between schools, parks, services, and homes improve, residents are encouraged to walk to destinations and overall livability of the area will improve. To further provide opportunities to be active, local parks are being revitalized and new ones may be created, designed to be attractive to all ages and accessible to people of all abilities. For more information on Built Environments, visit the following sites:

Creating Healthy Places

Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play in Chautauqua County (CHP) was part of a state-wide initiative that ended in 2015. Funded by the New York State Department of Health, the program's objectives were to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes. Obesity among children and adolescents has tripled over the past three decades. Currently one-third of New York’s children are obese or overweight. In an effort to stem this alarming trend, Creating Health Places established policies, systems and environmental changes in our community which make it easier to be physically active and eat healthy foods by:

Increasing the availability and accessibility of places to be physically active

Creating and maintaining community landscapes conducive to physical activity, such as playgrounds and walking trails

Increasing the availability and accessibility of fresh fruits and vegetables

Other CHP Communities in NYS:

Partner Members

One of the hallmarks of CHSC is the focus on partnership and collaboration and the ongoing process of facilitating policy, systems and environmental changes focused on healthy lifestyles. These coordinated efforts to transform the community are expected to continue long after grant funding is expended. 

Our community partners include schools, municipalities, not-for-profits, and churches. We are working diligently to expand existing efforts to create supportive environments that will accelerate improvements in individual behaviors and healthy outcomes throughout the County.


Local Resources

National Resources