The Center for Advancing Healthy Communities

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To foster healthy communities for all by advancing health equity and eliminating social barriers

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About the Center

Led by Jennie Hefelfinger, MS, the Center for Advancing Healthy Communities (CAHC) supports state, local and territory-based programs and consists of several programs and teams that focus in the areas of food and nutrition security, physical activity and built environment, tobacco cessation, obesity, social connectedness, chronic disease-related mental health, and equity/social justice.

The Center builds upon successful NACDD-led projects such as the Walkability Action Institute, Building Resilient Inclusive Communities, Worksite Wellness, and more.

CAHC provides technical assistance and training for program implementation while expanding capabilities and resources, promoting healthful policy and environmental change, and collaborating to foster mutually beneficial partnerships.

Asian Indian woman with prosthetic leg smiling woman jogging and exercising in the public park on sunny day
"We want to make every community healthier and stronger. Over the years, we’ve learned that the best way to accomplish this is to work together; to listen, to share, to nurture, and to work collectively to maximize the impact of each program."
Jennie Hefelfinger, MS
Jennie Hefelfinger
Director, Center for Advancing Healthy Communities
Participants of the 2018 Walkability Action Institute stand on a street corner to examine walkability.

CAHC Team

Where you live matters. Access to healthy living opportunities should be available regardless of where you live.

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