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What is Community Health?

Where we live matters to our health. The health of a community depends on many different factors, including the environment, education and jobs, access to and quality of healthcare, and individual behaviors.
We know that much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor’s office – in our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. We can improve a community’s health by implementing effective policies and programs. For example, people who live in communities with smoke-free laws are less likely to smoke or to be exposed to second-hand smoke, which reduces lung cancer risk. In addition, people who live in communities with safe and accessible park and recreation space are more likely to exercise, which reduces heart disease risk.
Healthy Charlotte County consists of local residents, non-profit organizations, healthcare professionals, school representatives, and many other community members working on programs and plans to benefit all residents of Charlotte County. We help make recommendations, develop, and implement community projects that improve health outcomes and create environments that support healthy living.
Through our health improvement projects, Healthy Charlotte County aims to identify issues community members feel are important and find ways to solve some of our most pressing health issues.

Access to healthcare

Providing health services and information helps uninsured and under-insured members of our community receive the care and resources they need to stay well.

Chronic Disease Prevention

Working to tackle the main contributors to chronic disease: tobacco use and unhealthy weight through evidence-based strategies that improve high-risk behaviors and environmental factors.

Mental Health

Working to identify and address pressing needs in Charlotte County related to mental health, behavioral health, and substance abuse.

Maternal and child health

Working to improve the overall health of pregnant women and children in Charlotte County to improve outcomes for both mom and baby.

Positive Aging

Working to improve the health of Charlotte County residents as they age.


Any individual or organization interested in making Charlotte County a healthier place to live, learn, work and play is encouraged to get involved.


Service Area: Charlotte County, Florida

Donations are collected by the United Way and used to help finance Healthy Charlotte County programs and services that promote community health.