Partnership to Improve Community Health

Be Healthy QC

Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Grant: A QCHI Project

The PICH Grant was awarded to the Quad City Health Initiative by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Fall 2014 through the fiscal agent UnityPoint Health - Trinity. The PICH grant is part of Be Healthy QC, which seeks to align all sectors of our bi-state community and work together on program, policy, systems and environmental changes in order to create a "culture of wellness" that supports healthy eating and active living.

Target Audience

All residents of Rock Island, Illinois and Scott County, Iowa.

Start Date/Current Status

  • Year 1 of the grant ran from October 2014 to September 2015.
  • Year 2 of the grant ran from October 2015 to September 2016.
  • Year 3 began October 2016 and will continue through September 2017.

Project Goals and Annual Objectives

Goal: To increase physical activity and healthy eating through:

  • Promoting the development and implementation of comprehensive school wellness policies.
  • Increasing the availability and quality of healthful foods in the Rock Island Project Area.
  • Increasing the number of elementary and middle schools that have increased physical activity opportunities through Safe Routes to School Travel Plans.
  • Implementing an interactive web-based trails map to increase access to physical activity opportunities in the Quad Cities Metropolitan Planning Area.
  • Implementing a cross-sector health promotion campaign on healthy eating and active living/physical activity.

Annual Report

Success Stories

PICH Grant Subcontractors

Bi-State Regional Commission
Broadway Presbyterian Church/Rock Island Urban Gardeners
Lakehouse Evaluation, Inc.
Rock Island County Regional Office of Education

Project Contacts

Nicole Carkner - Project Director (563-421-2815)
Rachel Evans - Project Assistant (563-421-2826)

Mailing Address:

Quad City Health Initiative
Central Park Medical Pavilion 2, Suite 3100
1227 East Rusholme St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-421-2815

Founding Sponsors:

Genesis Health System

UnityPoint Health Trinity