Session: Social Determinants of Health: Improving Health through the Integration of Models for Community Building
5076.0: Wednesday, November 19, 2003: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Social Determinants of Health: Improving Health through the Integration of Models for Community Building
There are a number of “movements” or theories that focus on changing or influencing aspects of the “community” in order to improve health and quality of life. Each of these movements has a different focus, but employed in combination with one another, can provide for the development of a multifaceted and robust effort to build communities that improve the lives of their members. The Healthy Communities model focuses on the improvement of individuals health by creating communities that provide (1) opportunities and services needed to engage in healthful behaviors and (2) the social norms or support for people to make those healthful choices. The healthy community model includes the establishment of multi-sector partnerships or coalitions that meet regularly and shares responsibility for making community changes. Smart Growth focuses on improving the quality of life in communities by considering the impact of the built environment (e.g., housing, transportation, parks, and commercial buildings, etc.) on the quality of life and economic development. Smart growth also maintains the importance of community involvement in decision making. The description of a creative class focuses on economic development through the nurturing of communities that attract talented and creative community members. Complexity science is a new and developing tool for understanding how communities organize and behave and may be useful in effecting change in communities. All of these models and the theories behind them, depend on the notions of community connections, networks, a community sense of belonging and the need bring people together.
Learning Objectives: 1. Describe the key elements of four models or tools that impact on social determinants of health: healthy communities, smart growth, creative class support and complexity science. 2. Discuss the strengths and potential impacts of each of the models or tools on communities and their health and quality of life. 3. Recognize the value of integrating community change models for improved health and quality of life.
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Panelist(s):Richard E. Killingsworth, Director
Robert O. Valdez, PhD
Darren Stanley, MSc
Robin Wilcox, MPA
Presider(s):Richard J. Cohen, PhD
10:30 AMWelcome and Introduction - Richard Cohen, PhD
10:35 AMActive americans in healthy communities - Richard E. Killingsworth
10:55 AMBuilding healthy community through mobilization and coalitions development - Robert O. Valdez, PhD
11:15 AMComplexity science as a community change tool - Darren Stanley
11:35 AMSocial capital in communities and consideration linkages - Robin Wilcox
11:55 AMQuestions and Answers - Richard Cohen, PhD
Organized by:APHA-Special Sessions
CE Credits:Health Education (CHES), Pharmacy

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA