219608 Park Hill Thriving Communities—Denver Department of Environmental Health: A community-based initiative to address policy and environmental factors to support healthy eating and active living

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 4:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Stacey McConlogue, MPH , Program Manager, Denver Healthy People 2010, Denver Department of Environmental Health, Denver, CO
Kim Riley, MPH , Director of Health Education, Center for Research Strategies, Denver, CO
J. Elaine Borton, MPH, CHES , Sage Health Consulting, LLC, Denver, CO
Park Hill Thriving Communities (PHTC) is a six-year initiative funded by LiveWell Colorado, an organization that funds community action for healthy eating and active living. The first two years of PHTC focused on programs to engage residents in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood in physical activity, including African dance classes, and bicycle maintenance and safety classes. The next three years have focused on environmental and policy strategies, including major renovation of a local park, establishing the Bike Depot, a new non-profit organization that runs bike education and earn-a-bike programs, and advocacy efforts to address limited access to fresh foods. A new city-wide program to encourage grocery store development in Denver's food deserts was launched early in 2010. Involvement of community residents and partners continues to grow as initiative strategies are implemented. Residents first became involved through a stakeholder Photovoice process, a participatory photographic assessment of healthy eating and active living in the Park Hill community. Informal and formal decision-making methods have enabled residents to respect differing opinions and attain agreement on project direction, resulting in community level change. Advocacy using Photovoice images and themes built collaborative partnerships for action including the efforts described above. Increasing emphasis on policy and environment is designed to promote long-term sustainability, while engaging residents builds enduring community advocacy capacity. Efforts are underway to increase networking and grant writing capacity so that programs continue. Finally, the PHTC approach serves as a “policy incubator” identifying policy initiatives for all of Denver—which once instituted create lasting sustainability city-wide.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify at least two community-level policy or environmental strategies related to healthy eating or active living. 2) Describe at least one step to engage community residents and partners in policy development efforts. 3) List 3 key factors critical to sustain PHTC strategies into the future.

Keywords: Community Collaboration, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author on the content I am responsible for because I have a Master of Public Health degree in Health Education and have worked professionally in public health for 25 years. I currently work for city government and oversee the initiative on which I will be presenting.
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.