Health Promotion Initiative (HPI)

Healthy behaviors are greatly influenced by the communities in which we live, work, and play. In collaboration with the Department of Community Health, HPI promotes physical activity, better nutrition, and tobacco use prevention inside of neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and faith settings.

Examples of HPI are:

Live Healthy DeKalb

The Live Healthy DeKalb coalition is a group of organizations, agencies, faith-based groups, businesses, and residents working together to create a healthier DeKalb County.

School Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Tobacco Use Prevention Grants

The School Small Grant Program provides up to $5,000 per school to fund projects that will help schools develop innovative policy or environmental changes to support good nutrition, increased physical activity and tobacco use prevention. Schools must first complete the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention School Health Index for Nutrition, Physical Activity and Tobacco Use Prevention (School Health Index). The School Health Index is a self-assessment and planning guide and must be completed to be eligible to apply for the funding.

For a copy of the School Health Index, visit:

Steps to a Healthier DeKalb

DeKalb Steps focuses on preventing diabetes, obesity, and hospitalization due to asthma by improving nutrition, increasing physical activity, and reducing tobacco use. DeKalb Steps also reaches children through school projects that teach the benefits of adopting healthy behaviors. To learn more, visit

Strategic Alliance for Health

The Strategic Alliance for Health initiative improves community health through sustainable, innovative and evidence-based health promotion and chronic disease prevention interventions that promote policy, systems and environmental changes. For more information click here.

Communities Putting Prevention to Work

The Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative works to prevent youth from initiating tobacco use, lower smoking rates in high risk populations, and reduce exposure to secondhand smoke. The goal is to initiate sustainable policy, systems and environmental changes that will produce long lasting and substantial improvements in the health of the DeKalb.