The Clarkston Health Collaborative (CHC), created in 1994, is a community-based coalition of over 300 members including the mayor of Clarkston, local businesses, and organizations. It is facilitated by the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention. Its mission is to establish a platform for community engagement to facilitate meaningful dialogue among diverse individuals and groups so that they can create the conditions that foster healthy people in healthy communities.
The CHC’s success in based on empowering residents and fostering communication to embrace community diversity. Members have discussed and addressed many issues, including housing conditions, safe routes to school, improving the built environment, and female genital circumcision. Accomplishments include developing a medical guide, administering surveys and conducting trainings. CHC has been recognized by the Georgia State Senate, Refugee Family Services and the Coalition of Concerned Africans.