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Community Health

OCH logo Our Mission:
To advance health equity across the Chattanooga community through identifying and addressing the racial disparities of health, economic, and community development, building sustainable health-focused partnerships in our region, and increasing health literacy through community outreach and engagement.





What do we do?

 The Office of Community Health empowers community health across Chattanooga through outreach and engagement with community members, community partners, and community center staff. Community engagement consists of establishing relationships with community members, building trust, and working with community organizations to create processes for mobilizing the community towards change for better health outcomes.


The Office of Community Health is responsible for the following divisions:

The Office of Community Safety and Gun Violence Prevention
The Family Justice Center



 Community health is a broad and vital measure that encompasses physical health, safety and security, mental health, and social connectivity. It interconnects and overlaps with a wide range of policy and programmatic portfolios in the City of Chattanooga, including community development and public safety. The Office of Community Health (OCH) is a is led by the interim Director, Dr. Geeta Maharaj, a proven leader in the public health sector with more than 30 years of experience in health care, including advanced nursing practice, public health policy, education, and research, with an emphasis on serving vulnerable populations.


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Community Health
101 E. 11th Street (map)
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 643-7800