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A Community Health Network Area (CHNA) is a coalition made up of representatives from public, non-profit, and private sectors. CHNA members work to build healthier communities through community-based prevention planning and health promotion. The MA Department of Public Health Office of Healthy Communities directs the CHNA initiative, which was established in 1992; there are 27 CHNAs (involving 351 towns and cities) across Massachusetts. Each CHNA is identified by a number (1-27), and covers specific towns within a geographic area.
The Regional Center for Healthy Communities (Metrowest) supports the Community Health Care Coaltion of Metrowest (formerly CHNA 7), CHNA 15, CHNA 17, CHNA 18, and the Blue Hills Community Health Network Area (CHNA 20) .
For more information on CHNAs, please visit the Office of Healthy Communities website by clicking here.
Membership is open to anyone interested in working to improve the health and well-being of residents and their communities. CHNA members gain knowledge about a range of health-related issues; participate in designing and implementing health improvement projects and work with others to enrich communities; advocate for health issues that are important to their communities; network and share ideas with people with interest in building healthier communities. To learn how you can become involved in your CHNA, contact the appropriate coordinator (listed below) or call the Regional Center for Healthy Communities
RCHC support for CHNAs
The RCHC works to build and maintain the leadership capacity of CHNAs. We will deliver a variety of skill building opportunities for CHNA leadership and members in the following ways:
Community Health Network Area Mini-grant Process Guide
This guide has been developed for CHNA coordinators and members. It is intended to provide a framework for moving through the process of issuing mini-grants to fund community health initiatives, and includes examples of relevant documents that have been developed by CHNAs in the Metrowest region. Thank you to the CHNA representatives who have shared their materials.
CHNA Minigrant Process Guide (Word Document)