208195 ACHIEVE Action Institutes: A model promoting action and change toward healthier communities

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lindsay Abraham, MPH , Booz Allen Hamilton, Atlanta, GA
Anthony Barbagallo, MBA , Booz Allen Hamilton, Atlanta, GA
Samuel Perry , Booz Allen Hamilton, Atlanta, GA
The ACHIEVE (Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental ChangE) program is designed to enhance local communities' abilities to develop and implement policy, systems, and environmental change strategies that prevent or manage risk factors related to obesity, heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis. Specific activities are directed toward reducing tobacco use and exposure, promoting physical activity and healthy eating, improving access to quality preventive health care services, and eliminating health disparities. Five national organizations have been selected to collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conducting ACHIEVE.

One specific activity that the ACHIEVE program are the Action Institutes. These Institutes are two and half day meetings where a designated leader from the State DOH, the LHD, and the national partners learn more about the community change process and receive tools and strategies to assist with this process.

This poster describes how the ACHIEVE Action Institutes have successfully allowed local stakeholders and national organizations to work together in a collaborative process to support communities promote healthier living strategies.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify at least two strategies that can be used across multiple community sectors. 2. Describe how to disseminate policy, systems, and environmental change strategies in communities. 3. Describe at least one evidence-based approach that can be used in a community setting.

Keywords: Community-Based Health Promotion, Chronic Diseases

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have presented at the APHA meeting in the past back in 2007 and I also have moderated sessions, 2006, 2007, 2008. I have been a reviewer for the BCHW for the past fours.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.