Jean Wessel Templeton Community Health Initiative

2020-21 Request for Proposals | Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2020 at 5 p.m.
The mission of Community Health Initiative is to provide grant monies for projects dedicated to improving our community's health through education, prevention and early detection of disease. Non-profit organizations with new or innovative programs are encouraged to apply.

Downloads: Application Packet (pdf) | Request for Proposals (word file)
Application (word file) | Budget example (word file)

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 $10.5 million has been awarded to 47 local agencies. 

2019-20 CHI grant recipients


2019 - 2020 recipients of Community Health Initiative grants

Non-profit agencies receiving funding from Community Health Initiative in 2019 – 2020:

CHI Committee members

  • Beth Richardson, Chairman
  • Linda Akenhead
  • Aruna Arora, MD
  • Greg Barnes
  • Philip Bentley, Jr.
  • Kerry Fehrenbach, Co-Chairman
  • 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