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RCHD Conducting 2022 Community Health Assessment

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Every three years, the Ross County Health District polls residents on status of their health. The 2022 Community Health Assessment is underway.

The 2019 Health Assessment revealed Ross Countians were ranked among the least healthy counties in Ohio, between 0%-25%.

Nearly a quarter of Ross County Adults are smokers and 32% are obese, four percent higher than those statewide. Despite 71% respondents said they had access to exercise equipment, while 34% reported being physically inactive.



Ross County Moved To High COVID-19 Alert

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(RCHD Press Release) – Ross County is currently seeing an increase in reported COVID-19 cases. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has classified Ross County as a “high level” of community transmission of COVID-19. According to the CDC, Ross County currently has a COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 population at 262.18 (last 7 days), which is a 39.5% change from the previous 7 days. 

Ross County Health District

The CDC reports Ross County as having a New COVID-19 hospital admissions rate per 100,000 population at 25.4 (last 7 days) which is a 104.20 % change in new admissions of confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations from the previous 7 days. 

RCHD continues to recommend those eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination to get vaccinated and keep up on your booster vaccinations when eligible. RCHD recommends anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested and to stay home and isolate when sick or positive for COVID-19.  RCHD continues to offer COVID-19 vaccines at the RCHD Public Health Nursing Clinic Monday through Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. You can also receive a free at home COVID-19 test kit at our office if you are experiencing symptoms and need tested.  

Please seek medical attention if you have COVID-19 symptoms and symptoms progress. 

For more information about COVID-19 activity in Ross County, CLICK HERE:

Creating Healthy Communities Conducts Ross County Survey

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(Chillicothe) – The Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) program (funded by Ross County Health District) is requesting community input on the selection of 2023 healthy eating and active living projects to help reduce chronic disease in Ross County. Please complete this year’s survey by July 15 to make sure your voice is heard.

A link to the survey can be found via the RCHD’s Creating Healthy Communities page by CLICKING HERE:

By implementing sustainable strategies, CHC helps improve access and affordability of healthful food, increase opportunities for physical activity, and assure tobacco-free living.

CHC has already implemented: Ross County’s Active Transportation Plan; Paint Valley Local School District’s Elementary playground updates to include ADA accessibility ramps; two food service guidelines policies to offer healthful food alternatives within the Paint Valley Preschool and the RCHD; Chillicothe Farmers Market Online Ordering System; Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library Book-a-Bike Bike Share Program; Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library edible orchard and community garden.

CHC’s current projects include expansion of the Chillicothe Farmers Market to the village of Bainbridge, development of Chillicothe’s Complete Streets policy, and implementation of the Mt Logan Community Garden.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Creating Healthy Communities program or participating to make Ross County a healthier community for all is welcome join the next coalition meeting on Monday, July 11th at 11:00 am at the RCHD located at 150 East Second Street in Chillicothe.

For more information, contact CHC grant coordinator, Ciara Fox at cmartin@rosscountyhealth.org.

Mt. Logan Community Garden Now Open

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(Chillicothe) – The Mt. Logan Community Garden is now open. The community garden space will serve as one of the healthful eating strategies for the Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) program to reduce and prevent chronic disease in the county.

Mt. Logan Community Garden is located at 841 East Main Street in Chillicothe, and the Creating Healthy Communities Program is funded through the Ross County Health District. 

The garden includes nine raised beds, produce and pollinator plants, one greenhouse, one storage shed, two compost bins, and gardening tools. Plants and seeds were donated by Integrated Services and the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library. All other materials were purchased through the CHC grant. Adena Health System provided implementation day lunch and beverages.

Photos courtesy of Ciara Martin

Students will be receiving nutrition and gardening education from both the library and OSU Extension Office throughout the year. Mount Logan Learning Center Pre-School will be adding worms to the beds that they have been growing as part of a STEM learning project with funding secured through the Chillicothe Rotary.

Thank you to the following agencies for participating in the garden’s implementation:

Adena Health System
Chillicothe City Schools Mount Logan Learning Center Staff and Principal Chillicothe City School Board President
Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library

If you would like to be involved with the garden or help maintain this community space please contact Sarah Hawthorne, Mount Logan Learning Center Principal, at sarah.hawthorne@ccsd.us.