Jean Wessel Templeton Community Health Initiative

In 1995, the Health Care Authority of the City of Huntsville appointed a Community Health Initiative (CHI) committee. The committee is made up of volunteers representing a cross-section of the community and strives to improve the health status of the citizens of Madison County through education, prevention and early detection of disease.

In June of 1996, the first CHI grants were made to address the community's priority health issues with hopes that a measurable, positive impact would be seen on the overall health of our community. Since its inception, more than $9.8 million has been awarded to 48 local agencies. 

CHI 2017-2018 grant recipients


2017 - 2018 recipients of Community Health Initiative grants

Non-profit agencies receiving funding from Community Health Initiative in 2017 – 2018:

Learn more about how the 2016-2017 grants were used.

CHI Committee members

  • Beth Richardson, Chairman
  • Linda Akenhead
  • Aruna Arora, MD
  • Greg Barnes
  • Philip Bentley, Jr.
  • Kerry Fehrenbach
  • Michelle Jordan
  • Rev. John Herndon
  • Scott Harris, MD
  • Burr Ingram, Hospital Liaison
  • Cathy Miller
  • Janet Neeley
  • Brian Patz, MD
  • Betty Peterson
  • Rikki Powell
  • Nicole Schroer
  • Judy Smith
  • John Simms, Project Coordinator
  • Dana Trulock