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 $12.4 million has been awarded to 51 local agencies. 

Non-profit agencies receiving funding from Community Health Initiative in 2022 – 2023:

CHI Committee members

  • Beth Richardson, Chairman
  • Linda Akenhead
  • Aruna Arora, MD
  • Greg Barnes
  • Philip Bentley, Jr.
  • Kerry Fehrenbach, Co-Chairman
  • Michelle Jordan
  • Cathy Miller
  • Scott Harris, MD
  • Burr Ingram, Hospital Liaison
  • Brian Patz, MD
  • Nicole Schroer
  • John Simms, Project Coordinator