242281 Communities united for health

Monday, October 31, 2011

Monica Brown , Shawnee Neighborhood Association, Louisville, KY
Angela Hollingsworth, BA , Center for Health Equity, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness, Louisville, KY
Aaron Broaden , Shawnee Neighborhood Association, Youth, Louisville, KY
This presentation will share outcomes and learnings from a community team of representatives from multiple sectors and disciplines who came together to implement policy and environmental changes that support health and safety in a neighborhood in Louisville. Shawnee, a predominantly African American neighborhood, experiences inequitable health outcomes and disproportionately high rates of violence in comparison to other parts of Louisville. Through a Convergence Partnership pilot project to prevent violence and promote access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health, Center for Health Equity, Shawnee Neighborhood Association, the Office of Youth Development, the Peace Education Program, and other diverse community partners formed a collaborative to improve community safety. The team used community based participatory research techniques to develop priorities and action plans for their work in the Shawnee neighborhood in order to develop and implement community-directed environmental change. At the time of the APHA conference, the community team will have completed their project to increase visibility and safety in the neighborhood by decreasing alcohol and tobacco promotion signage, decreasing graffiti and neighborhood blight, and increasing lighting. These community changes will allow neighborhood residents to feel safer walking to grocery stores and accessing spaces for physical activity. The presenter will share the outcomes related to this unique pilot project focused on preventing violence and chronic disease as measured by enhanced partnerships, increased participation from non-traditional partners, enhanced youth-directed programming, participation consistency, and enhanced sharing of tangible resources (cash, staff time, in-kind support, and facilities).

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
To discuss community based efforts towards effective policy strategies to prevent violence and promote healthy lifestyles To describe the building of effective collaboration to address policy change and policy enforcement Identify the usual and unusual partnerships for neighborhood collaboration and describing the advantages and challenges of such alliance. Explain the unique process of community engagement through health equity dialogues to identify priority issues within the neighborhood.

Keywords: Community-Based Health Promotion, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I oversee the neighborhood transformation strategy for the Shawnee Neighborhood which addresses the health of the community wholistically through relationships.
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.