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Funded Communities

21 grantees were selected to be recipients of funds under the We Choose Health initiative.

We Choose Health was a multi-year Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) initiative to encourage and support obesity and tobacco prevention in Illinois communities. IDPH awarded almost $3.5 million in We Choose Health grants to 21 grantees, covering 60 Illinois counties and affecting an estimated 3 million people. Local coalitions consisting of community organizations, local health departments, school districts, municipalities, chambers of commerce, hospitals and health providers will receive funding to work with communities to implement proactive health programs that fall under three categories: Health Eating and Active Living; Smoke-free Living; and Healthy and Safe Built Environment.

See map for more information on grantees.

Organization Counties Served Programs 2013 2014
Bureau County Health Dept. Bureau, Putnam 2,3,8 $66,123 $66,123
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Champaign 1,2,3,5,6,7,8 $197,615 $197,615
Clinton County Health Dept. Bond, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Jefferson, Lawrence, Marion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne 1,2,3,6,8 $279,750 $279,750
DeKalb County Health Dept DeKalb 1,2,7 $105,270 $105,270
Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Dept. Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Saline, White, Williamson 2,3,7,8 $172,090 $172,090
Henry County Health Dept. Henry, Stark 2,3,7 $56,480 $56,480
Jackson County Health Dept. Alexander, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Union 1,2,3,7,8 $202,895 $202,799
Kendall County Health Dept. Kendall 3,7 $89,808 $89,808
Knox County Health Dept. Fulton, Knox, Mason, McDonough 3,4,5,6,7,8 $134,540 $134,540
Logan County Health Dept. Logan 2,6,8 $27,975 $27,975
Macon County Health Dept. Macon 2,3,6,7 $131,765 $131,765
Madison County Health Dept. Madison 1,2,6,7,8 $279,750 $279,750
McHenry County Health Dept. McHenry 2,3,5,6,8 $278,810 $278,810
McLean County Health Dept. McLean 1,2,3,7 $186,500 $186,500
Mercer County Health Dept. Mercer, Henderson, Warren 2,6,8 $51,285 $51,285
Rock Island County Health Dept.  Rock Island 3,5,8 $134,450 $134,450
St. Clair County Health Dept. St. Clair 2,4,5,6,7 $279,750 $279,750
Whiteside County Health Dept. Whiteside, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Carroll 1,3,5,8 $195,825 $195,825
Winnebago County Health Dept.  Winnebago, Boone 1,2,3,5,6,7,8 $276,113 $276,113
Total     $3,146,794 $3,146,698

As part of the Affordable Care Act, Congress made funds available for ongoing chronic disease prevention efforts in the form of Community Transformation Grants (CTG), administered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Through this program, Illinois received nearly $4.8 million dollars to implement proven evidence- and practice-based approaches to improve health and wellness among its communities, at least 35 percent of which will go specifically to rural populations. As part of its CTG grant, IDPH developed We Choose Health, a sub-award program to fund organizations and coalitions working on chronic disease prevention at the local level.

For more information about the original grant application, please visit Past Funding Opportunities.

Our Stories...

Success Stories Videos

In collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health produced local success stories videos featuring We Choose Health grantees, their coalitions and statewide experts.

We Choose Health - Worksite Wellness

We Choose Health - Henry County

We Choose Health - Madison County

We Choose Health - Knox County

We Choose Health - McHenry County

We Choose Health - Champaign County

We Choose Health - Baby-Friendly Hospital

We Choose Health - Rockford County

We Choose Health grantee teams were invited to participate in a one-day training to learn how to share their story to make healthy change in their communities. The training, facilitated by Prevention Speaks, gave grantees the opportunity to take their new knowledge to practice. Here you will find a sample of their stories developed during the day of training.

Kera Brossette's Story

Steve Curatti's Story

Joy Jaraczeski's Story

Carla Ewing's Story

Nancy Lacursia's Story

Melissa Mcavoy's Story

Diana Rawling's Story

Marilyn Vise's Story

Alison Womack's Story

Amy Yeager's Story

Becky Piano's Story

Brett Stahl's Story

Alissa Diericx's Story

Pat Scarbrough's Story