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The CHC Story

Modest Beginnings

CHC began in 2001 with one health program. Today it has more than 30 programs providing services all over California, including the 12 counties of Chico State’s service area. Once known as the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP), the current name acknowledges CHC’s broader focus on health, wellness, and education.

Excellence in Programs

Center for Healthy Communities is recognized statewide and nationally for its faculty and staff achievements and its excellence in community health promotion.

CHC’s community programs promote food security, nutrition education, physical activity, food safety, and provide resources and training to thousands of California residents of all ages through:

Center for Healthy communities staff celebrating new students at Chico state
A student getting help with money for food at California State University Chico.

Student Success

Nationally Recognized Pre-Professional Training

Center for Healthy Communities’ internship program for university students is a model for civic engagement and experiential education. Preliminary findings suggest that more than 95% of CHC student alumni achieve their employment/graduate school goals. CHC provides internships to more than 120 unpaid undergraduate and graduate students, in many different disciplines, and paid student employment to an average of 40 students each year.

Recognitions of Excellence

2015 - 20182018 Faculty Innovation Leadership - CSU Chancellor's Office
Stephanie Bianco | CHC Associate Director

2017 Research Impact Award - Chico State Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
Stephanie Bianco | CHC Associate Director

2017 Outstanding Master’s Project - Kremen School of Education & Human Development
Alyson Wylie | CHC Health Education Specialist

2017 Outstanding Achievement Award - California State University Trustees
Kathleen Johnson | CHC Program Administration Manager

2017 Outstanding Graduating Senior in Nutrition Management - California State University Trustees
Kathleen Johnson | CHC Program Administration Manager

2017 Outstanding Student Service Award – Chico State Advisory Board
Bri Lofink | CHC Program Manager

2016 Career Achievement Award - Chico State
Dr. Cindy Wolff | CHC Director

2015 Exemplary Integrated Work Plan Certificate of Recognition - California Department of Public Health
Priya Trivedi | CHC Yuba County Staff Lead

2011 - 20142014 Unsung Hero Award - After School Professional Learning Institute Conference
Alyson Wylie | CHC Program Manager

2014 National Title IX Championship - American Association of University Women
Cindy Wolff | CHC Director

2014 CalFresh Forum “Freshy” Awards - California Food Policy Advocates
Jenny Breed | CalFresh Director
Natasha Paz | Community Nutrition Assistant

2014 Conversations on Diversity & Inclusion Achievement
Dr. Keiko Goto | CHC Assistant Director & Professor

2014 Professional Achievement Honors - Chico State
Stephanie Bianco | CHC Assistant Director & Associate Professor

2014 Preschool Obesity Prevention Strategies (Nationwide Presentation) – CDC
Michele Buran | Physical Activity Specialist

2013 GSEC Maggie Award - Chico State Associated Students
Cindy Wolff | CHC Director

2013 Outstanding Project Director Award - Chico State Research Foundation
Jenny Breed | CHC Program Manager

2013 Top 20 Women Professors in California – www.statestats.org
Dr. Keiko Goto | CHC Assistant Director & Professor

2013 Outstanding Professor Award - Chico State
Dr. Keiko Goto | CHC Assistant Director & Professor

2012 Regas Award for Service to Students - Chico State
Cindy Wolff | CHC Director

2012 Designing Nudges Toward Healthier Choices – TEDxChico
Cindy Wolff | CHC Director

2011 Professional Achievement Honors - Chico State
Keiko Goto | CHC Assistant Director & Professor

2001 - 20092009 Champion for Children Award - Network for a Healthy California
Cindy Wolff | CHC Director

2008 Peter C. McGrath Civic Engagement Nominee
Cindy Wolff | CHC Director

2008 Wang Family Excellence Nominee - Chico State
Cindy Wolff | CHC Director

2007 Community Campus Partnerships in Health Award
Cindy Wolff | CHC Director

2004 Sumner Symposium Program Award - Association of College & Universities
Cindy Wolff | CHC Director

2003 Professional Achievement Honors - Chico State
Cindy Wolff | CHC Director & Professor

2003 Outstanding Project Director - Chico State Research Foundation
Cindy Wolff | CHC Director

2001 Outstanding Dietetic Educator - American Dietetic Association
Cindy Wolff | CHC Director

2001 Outstanding Dietetic Educator - California Dietetic Association
Cindy Wolff | CHC Director

Michele Buran speaking at the CHEBNA 2024 Summit about Nutrition Security.
Children learning how to cook healthy meals.

Various Disciplines

CHC’s faculty and staff represent agriculture, business, child development, education, food safety, health and community services, journalism, kinesiology, management information systems, nutrition, public administration, public relations and media, graphic design, social work, and sociology.

Research & Evaluation

Research guided by CHC faculty and staff is diverse and encompasses areas including agriculture, nutrition education, and public health. Our research program helps CHC maintain its cutting-edge focus and evidence-based program development.

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