221354 CDC's Healthy Communities Program: Mobilizing National Networks to Enhance State and Local Implementation of Policy Strategies

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Branalyn Williams, MPH , Division of Adult and Community Health/Healthy Communities Program, CDC, Atlanta, GA
Ann Ussery-Hall, MPH , Achieve, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, Decatur, GA
Phyllis Nichols, MPH , Division of Adult and Community Health - Healthy Communities Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Shannon Griffin-Blake, PhD , Division of Adult and Community Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Collaboration with national partners is a hallmark of CDC's strategy to promote the implementation and sustainability of policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes. CDC's Healthy Communities Program accomplishes this by providing technical assistance, training, and consultation to national networks, comprised of national, state, and local entities in an effort to build their capacity to promote and disseminate population-based strategies that are science-based, reach diverse population groups, and focus on social determinants of health to prevent chronic diseases. These collaborative networks require engagement of diverse stakeholders and leaders from public, private, and non-profit settings. Equally as critical is ensuring representation from various sectors, such as schools, work sites, health care, community-based institutions and the community-at-large. These partnerships facilitate development of PSE change strategies that promote physical activity and nutrition; reduce tobacco use and exposure; improve and increase access to quality care; and help eliminate racial, ethnic and socio-economic health disparities. Collaborative networks increase community interest in creating change, thereby supporting strategic action to prevent chronic diseases and promote health. These diverse and multi-level networks also provide the momentum to develop social and environmental policy agendas and facilitate the integration of chronic disease policies across national, state and local programs. This session will describe the Healthy Communities Program's national networks established to (1) foster national, state, and local relationships; (2) magnify the public health impact of collaboration through strategic partnerships, (3) strengthen the capacity of national, state, and local organizations to implement PSE strategies, and (4) attract new partners to transform health

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the purpose of creating national networks to facilitate implementation of policy strategies 2. Discuss the benefits of establishing collaborative networks to cultivate healthy communities. 3. Identify key steps for developing partnerships with local, state, and national organizations to implement chronic disease prevention and health promotion policies.

Keywords: Chronic Diseases, Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I promote and support the development of national, state, and local partnerships to prevent chronic diseases through the implementation of policies with CDC's Healthy Communities Program.
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.