Community Health Promotion

Chronic diseases—like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer—are leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Chronic Disease is also a significant public health threat in the Cherokee Nation.

The goal of the Cherokee Nation Community Health Promotion Program (CHP) is to make lasting changes that reduce the major risk factors for chronic disease—tobacco use, lack of physical activity, and unhealthy eating.

Program staff members work at the community level to provide technical assistance and outreach to support diverse partnerships such as schools, community organizations, businesses, municipalities and other health care agencies to implement health promotion policy, systems and environmental changes. Staff also serve as community health specialists in the areas of tobacco prevention, physical activity, and healthy foods.

Program efforts aim to impact not only Cherokee citizens but all people living in the tribal service area with the purpose to promote greater access to healthy living options in the Cherokee Nation where people live, learn, work, and play.

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