JAMESTOWN – The New York State Department of health has selected the Chautauqua County Health Network (CCHN) as one of 25 organizations statewide to help increase access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity in high need communities.
On Friday, CCHN officials announced that several local school districts will benefit from a five-year, $1.25 million grant from the state’s Creating Healthy Schools and Communities program. The funding is being administered through a collaboration with the health network, Erie2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, and the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.
The program will be used to help implement strategies to combat obesity and other chronic diseases in high-need school districts and their surrounding communities.
Six communities will be targeted with the funding, including Jamestown, Dunkirk, Cassadaga Valley, Pine Valley, Silver Creek, and Ripley.
Other partnering organizations will include the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Dunkirk Local Development Corporation, Jamestown Audubon Society, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, and KEE Concepts Consulting.
Collaborations are expected to expand as the initiative matures in each community.