Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania(Partner: National Association of County and City Health Officials)
The ACHIEVE CHART of Oakland-Pittsburgh will work with policy makers, community and institutional leaders to create an environment to support heightened awareness of and access to healthy lifestyles and prevention of chronic disease. Activities will focus on adopting strategies to support physical activity, access to healthy foods, and prevention and management of chronic disease.
Oakland is made up of four distinct neighborhoods (South, Central, West, and North Oakland), but the partnerships involved in this proposal serve all four neighborhoods, as does the Oakland Business District. Similar to the the rest of Pittsburgh, it is a somewhat older community (15% are 65+ years) and the percentage of African Americans (28.3%) is higher than state or national averages. Recent data (2008) suggest that as many as 31.4% of South Oakland residents are currently living below the poverty level.