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Hancock Health Improvement Partnership

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Working Toward a Healthier Hancock County

Hancock Health Improvement Partnership (HHIP) is a group of citizens, businesses, organizations and other entities with the goal of improving Hancock County. HHIP was established to identify health and healthcare priority areas related to health and health outcomes in the county. The partnership assessed county health issues and developed a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) with plans of implementing it in upcoming years.

Hancock Health Improvement Partnership is funded by a grant from Healthcare Georgia Foundation (Foundation). Created in 1999 as an independent private foundation, the Foundation’s mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities.


HHIP is always looking to grow. Hancock County citizens, organizations, faith-based groups, businesses and other agencies are encouraged to join HHIP.  Interested parties should  email HHIP, or call HHIP at 706-444-2200.

HHIP Crosswalk Design Conest

Make your mark on Hancock County with the Hancock Health Improvement Partnership’s Crosswalk Design Contest! From February 27 to March 31, HHIP will be accepting designs for a new crosswalk in the city of Sparta. Designs from anyone within the Hancock County community are welcome. Winners will not only receive a $25 Subway gift card but will have their design appear on the crosswalk at Boland and Hamilton Street.

To enter, print out the Crosswalk Design template below and submit it according to the instructions. After March 31, the submitted designs will be judged by local community leaders. After this first round of judging, the community of Sparta will be able to pick the designs they want to see. If you have any questions, email us at

HHIP Community Health Improvement Plan

From July 2017 to April 2018, HHIP partners met on a routine basis to identify and address specific priority areas related to health and health outcomes in the county. In December 2017, partners and community members participated in a prioritization workshop to identify three specific priority areas related to health and health outcomes in the county: Economic Development, Healthy Environments, and Literacy. After the identification of these three priority areas, partners collaborated to write objectives and strategies for each. These objectives and strategies form the foundation for HHIP’s Hancock County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), which was published in April 2018. This document reflects the diligence and collaboration of community members devoted to improving health in their county.

HHIP Executive Committee

  • Annie Ingram, HHIP Chair
  • Jennine DeLane, HHIP Vice-Chair – University of Georiga, SNAP-Ed
  • Kathy Ransom – Hancock County Library
  • La Tunya Goodwin – Sparta-Hancock Chamber of Commerce
  • Regina Butts – Family Connections-Communities in Schools
  • Nyademor Wiley – Hancock County Health Department
  • Terrell Reid – Hancock County Commissioners

HHIP and the REACH Program

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has selected NCHD as one 2018’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant recipients. NCHD is one of three organizations awarded the grant in Georgia and one of 31 awardees across the nation. NCHD was awarded $542,378 to implement community health improvement strategies in Hancock County through the Hancock Health Improvement Partnership. 

What is the REACH Grant?

The REACH grant is awarded to programs and organizations working to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities in their communities. Through REACH, awardees plan and execute local, culturally appropriate programs to address a wide range of health issues among African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders.

REACH in Hancock County

Through the REACH grant, HHIP will continue to work towards improving Hancock County. The recently-acquired funds will allow HHIP to further implement strategies laid out in the partnership’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) priority area of Healthy Environments. Activities funded through the REACH grant will focus on nutrition, physical activity and community-clinical linkage.

Hancock County Community-Based Participatory SWOT Analyses

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