Healthy Community Council

The Healthy Community Council (HCC) is a community coalition composed of stakeholders representing community agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia. Established in 1996, an overarching goal of the HCC has been to conduct a community needs assessments in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The assessment has been conducted every five years and as an example, data obtained from the 2000 assessment identified emerging needs, which generated $11 million in funding for community initiatives. HCC members, faculty and students all collaborate to identify community assets, challenges, and emerging needs.

The HCC meets quarterly to engage, educate and inform stakeholders concerning emerging needs as well as progress with the current priority areas. The HCC is a well-established area collaboration that welcomes everyone to participate in community-wide problem-solving.

2016 Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Community Assessment
2011 Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Community Assessment

Upcoming meeting dates

Meetings will be held virtually on Zoom.

To request the Zoom link, please contact Joyce Nussbaum at and include "HCC Quarterly Meeting" in your subject line.

  • September 14, 2021, 8:00-9:30am

Additional details will be added to the corresponding date once finalized.


The Healthy Community Council is a gathering of representatives from more than 100 entities with a stake in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County community – government, schools, business, health and human services, faith community, law enforcement and higher education – all working together to improve the quality of life in our community.

Participants are invited to join the Healthy Community Council as partner members.  Memberships are available to individuals, agencies, businesses and institutions for a nominal fee. Partner members enjoy the following benefits:

  • Quarterly meetings on urgent and relevant issues facing our community
  • Collaborative grant writing opportunities to fund projects
  • Networking among community leaders to find solutions together

For more information or to become a partner of the Healthy Community Council, contact Joyce Nussbaum at

For additional community data resources, check out the Community Data Dashboard.


Enhance the quality of life for the community through collaborative efforts of individuals, agencies, and institutions


Striving for a Healthier Community


Assess community needs
Identify priorities based on assessment
Facilitate and support community initiatives

Video courtesy of the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at James Madison University