Community Health Planning

Program Information

The Office of Health Planning is responsible for guiding and coordinating the planning activities of Columbus Public Health, its divisions and programs.Planning

The office does this by:

  • Developing processes to help create and implement the department’s strategic plan.
  • Identifying and organizing community collaborations to improve efficiency and effectiveness of public health efforts.
  • Providing resources and support to assist senior department leadership in decision making.
  • Providing tools and resources to help community residents improve their health.

Two initiatives currently being developed by the Office of Health Planning include:

A Community Health Plan on Immunizations
In response to the recent development of new vaccines and revised vaccination schedules:

  • Some 30 community stakeholders representing the public health, medical, pharmaceutical, health advocacy, social service and education fields have been brought together to develop a community plan to increase immunization rates.
  • This plan, when completed in 2010, will better protect public health by providing added protection against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Columbus Public Health Farmers Market
Many chronic health conditions – including diabetes, overweight and obesity – are related to poor nutrition. Columbus Public Health holds three farmers markets each year in an effort to bring healthier food to Columbus neighborhoods.

  • Markets take place on the department grounds at 240 Parsons Ave., Columbus, Ohio
  • A limited number of free produce vouchers have been available each year to those enrolled in Franklin County’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.
  • The Ohio Direction Card (food stamps) have also been accepted at the market.

Mapping Food Access Project -- Franklin County, OH
Project identifies geographic areas of food “imbalance.”  Is there a balance between the distance residents have to travel to get to the nearest major grocery store vs. the nearest fast food restaurant?  Learn more about this project. 


Resources & Links

Location, Hours, Contact


Columbus Public Health
240 Parsons Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215


Mon - Fri
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Rick Hicks, MPA
(614) 645-6189