Huron County Creating Healthy Communities

Huron County Public Health (HCPH) is one of 23 grantees of the Ohio Department of Health's Creating Healthy Communities Grant. This is a federal grant; more information about the state-wide grant can be found at


Vision: Making the Healthy Choice, the Easy Choice.

Mission:  Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) is committed to preventing and reducing chronic disease statewide. Through cross-sector collaboration, we are activating communities to improve access to and affordability of healthy food and increase opportunities for physical activity where Ohioans live, work and play. By implementing sustainable evidence-based strategies, CHC is creating a culture of health.


To achieve this goal, HCPH works with local schools, government agencies, service organizations, health and medical fields, businesses, county/community leaders, and others interested in improving health within Huron County. These partners make up the Huron County Creating Healthy Communities Coalition, which plays an important role in achieving our health goals. 

Healthy Eating

Huron County Creating Healthy Communities strives to increase access to healthy and affordable foods.


Active Living

Huron County Creating Healthy Communities strives to increase access to physical activity opportunities.


Want to get involved?
How would you like to get involved?

If you or your agency are interested in getting involved with Huron County Creating Healthy Communities, please fill out the form below and Grace Habeck, Creating Healthy Communities Coordinator, will be in contact with you shortly. You can contact Grace directly at or by calling      419-668-1652 ext. 270. 

Project Volunteer: A CHC project volunteer may be utilized for physical hands-on work (such as helping to assemble playground equipment, install a community garden, or plant landscaping), as feet on the ground to disseminate project information to others, or in a different capacity depending on project and abilities.

Coalition Member: A commitment to become an active CHC coalition member. This group of community partners and members is integral in the successful implementation of our grant objectives and vital in guiding the projects to best fit the needs of our community. The CHC coalition holds monthly meetings.

Project Sponsor: A CHC project sponsor is a person/company who provides funding, services, resources and/or support for CHC active living and healthy eating projects and is accountable for enabling success.

Project Champion: A CHC Project Champion is a person who is dedicated to improving the health and the overall livability of Huron County. The project champion will be a project advocate and ensure the success of projects by using enthusiasm to share their passion to engage Huron County residents.

2021 Meeting Minutes:
Upcoming Meeting Dates

  • December 15, 2021

Huron County Creating Healthy Communities Coalition

County/Community Agencies

  • Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Carla Rospert & Rebecca Riley

  • Huron County Family and Children First Council, Niki Cross

  • Huron County Job & Family Services, Ashley Smith

  • Huron County WIC, Katie Denson

  • Huron County OSU Extension Office, Mike Gastier

  • Huron County Reach Our Youth - Sarah Simmons

  • Huron County OSU Extension Office, Jackie Wasilewski


Elected Officials/Government

  • City of Norwalk, Dave Light & Ralph Fegley

  • City of Bellevue, Kevin G. Strecker

  • City of Willard, Kim Williams

  • Village of Monroeville, Tom Gray & Christina Raftery

  • Village of Wakeman, Christopher Hipp & Trisha Summers

  • Huron County Clerk of Courts, Susan Hazel



  • Huron County Engineer's Office, Lee Tansey 

County/City Planning or Development

  • Huron County Development Council, Carol Knapp & Karmen Ross



  • Mercy Health, Julie Landoll & Rachel Danhoff

  • Fisher Titus Medical Center, Theresa Seasly & Michelle Montvilas


Law Enforcement

  • Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lt. Tim Hoffman

  • Huron County Sheriffs Office, Sheriff Todd Corbin & Chief Deputy David Ditz 


Mental Health

  • Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Kristen Cardone

  • Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services, Lauren Robinson


Parks and Recreation

  • Norwalk Park and Rec, Lynden Ramsey & Joe Lindenberger

  • Bellevue Parks and Recreation, Amy Palsa

  • Firelands Rails To Trails, Inc./Excel Bike Shop, Joe Missler

  • New London-Greenwich Trail, Inc., Anna O’Donnell

Public Health

  • Huron County Public Health, Nicole Marks

  • Huron County Public Health, Grace Habeck

School Administration/ Education

  • New London Local Schools, Brad Romano

  • Western-Reserve Local Schools, Rodge Wilson