227589 A national movement to mobilize action and change toward healthier communities: Collaborative Community Health Planning and Policy Development

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lindsay Hemphill, MPH , Booz Allen Hamilton, Atlanta, GA
Shannon Griffin-Blake, PhD , Division of Adult and Community Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Branalyn Williams, MPH , CDC's Healthy Communities Program, CDC, Atlanta, GA
Keisha Edwards, MPH, PMP , Booz Allen Hamilton, Atlanta, GA
CDC's Healthy Communities Program works with coalitions, states, and national organizations that focus their resources on community-level change to develop strategies to reduce tobacco use and exposure, promote physical activity and healthy eating, improve access to quality preventive health care services, and implement policy to address built environments and sustainable environmental change. Program focus also builds on the experiences of community-based chronic disease prevention programs to provide local communities with funding, tools, and strategies to implement and sustain policy, systems and environmental changes in chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Critical to the technical assistance process employed is a series of in-person training sessions called Action Institutes, which employs peer-to-peer learning, sharing of expertise from national partners and states ,and fostering of a community of learning through a battery of funded communities. Outcomes of this program include increasing capacity for communities, states and national partners to develop and disseminate tools, models, and strategies for collaborating with a broad cross-section of partners to implement policy, systems, and environmental changes that will help build healthier communities. In the years following the implementation of this model, evaluation of this training series indicates that participants benefit greatly from the comprehensive nature of the trainings to share lessons learned and successful strategies from other communities. This session will discuss the how the CDC's Healthy Communities Program has provided support and training to local, state and national partners to build capacity to create a national movement to mobilize action and change toward healthier communities.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify methods to enhance collaborative efforts across multi- levels to implement strategies that sustain policy, systems, and environmental changes in chronic disease prevention and health promotion. 2. Describe at least one process for establishing partnerships with local, state, and/or national entities to affect change. 3. Describe at least one strategy to disseminate effective technical assistance to a community focused on policy, systems and environmental changes.

Keywords: Community Health Programs, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have presented at six APHA annual meetings and I am the secretary for the Black Caucus of Health Workers an affilate of APHA.
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.