North Central Health District


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 Meeting Schedule

All HHIP meeting are free and open to the public and media. HHIP meets every other month on the fourth Wednesday at Central High School in Sparta from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit the group’s Facebook page to see all upcoming events.


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 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.

Get 22 in 22

HHIP and the REACH Program are encrouaging all Hancock County residents to get moving in 2022 with the “Get 22 in 22” physical activity campaign. The U.S. Department of Health And Human Services recommends all adults get at minimum 150 minutes activity each week. By exercising 22 minutes every day, you’ll reach that goal (22×7=154, goal is reached)! So get moving, and get 22 in 22!

22 Day Challenge

HHIP is challenging residents of Hancock County to get 22 minutes of physical activity every day from June 22 to August 22. Print our your Activity Log and record your activities and submit your completed log to HHIP. Everyone that submits a log with at least 22 days completed will be entered to win a $100 gift card. All participants with 22 days of activity will be awarded a prize. Participants must be residents of Hancock County age 18 or older.

Get your 22 Day Challenge Activity Log

Submit your Get 22 in 22 Challenge Log no later than 8/26/22 by:
Dropping it off at the HHIP/REACH office, 432 Boland Street, Sparta, GA
Emailing it to
Mailing it to: HHIP/REACH program, P.O. Box 700, Sparta, GA 31087

The drawing for the gift card will be held on September 1, 2022.

Learn more about physical activity:

HHIP Executive Committee

  • Annie Ingram, HHIP Chair – Hancock County Board of Education
  • Jennien 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
  • Shirley Tucker – Hancock County Health Department
  • Nyademor Wiley – Hancock County Health Department
  • Regina Jackson – HealthMPowers
  • 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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