The Alliance for a Healthy Orange County (AHOC) is a county-wide collaborative of health care organizations, community-based organizations and universities whose mission is to champion policy strategies and leverage funding opportunities that result in enhanced health outcomes and reduced health disparities for Orange County residents.
One of the goals of AHOC is to bring increased funding for policy, system and environmental change work into Orange County. A key priority has been to bring federal Prevention Fund dollars into Orange County. The prevention fund dollars provide the opportunity to bring programs to scale and support policy and environmental change efforts that would have a lasting impact on the health of Orange County. AHOC provided leadership in bringing together partners that resulted in the awarding of a three year $4.1 million Partnerships to Improve Community Health grant focused on underserved communities in Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana. AHOC serves as the community collaborative for this grant.
Another important goal of AHOC is to identify and build support for Active Transportation and find sources of funding at the local, state, and federal level for Orange County’s, active transportation projects and programs which promote healthy communities. In the course of these activities, AHOC works with cities to collaborate and coordinate with regional and county organizations, such as OCTA, SCAG and Caltrans. AHOC has been successful in advocating for Active Transportation Coordinators at SCAG and for a Complete Streets Design Manual for Orange County. AHOC has also worked with cities to support successful applications Active Transportation Fund applications, which to date has resulted in over $40 million in funding.
Lastly, AHOC has a multi-year campaign called the Move More Eat Healthy Orange County Campaign. This campaign is a county-wide effort to engage more partners to make a greater commitment to increasing the percentage of healthy weight residents in all populations of Orange County. It builds on the existing Orange County Obesity Prevention Plan by establishing specific partnership criteria for organizations in each sector to commit to. Our goal is to make the Move More, Eat Healthy OC campaign an effective call to action so Orange County can start to bend the curve on obesity. As part of this campaign, AHOC has increased the number of Healthy Eating Active Living Cities in Orange County from one to eleven. This designation acknowledges a city’s commitment to policies which support healthy lifestyles.