242297 Integrated approaches to prevent violence and improve physical activity and healthy eating in underserved communities

Monday, October 31, 2011

Dana Richardson , Advocacy & Community Health, Community Health Improvement Partners, San Diego, CA
Tanya Rovira-Osterwalder, MS , Healthy Eating, Active Communities, Community Health Improvement Partners, Chula Vista, CA
Alexandria Jacobo-Mares , Institute for Public Strategies, Chula Vista, CA
Angela Gaines , Chula Vista Police Department, Chula Vista, CA
Curley Jordan , South Region, Health & Human Services Agency, Chula Vista, CA
Gerardo Garcia Jr. , Youth, Chula Vista, CA
Lisa Garcia , Youth, Chula Vista, CA
Catalyzed by the Convergence Partnership pilot initiative, an innovative network of diverse partners—including philanthropic organizations, community-based organizations with long histories working on alcohol and other drug-related youth violence prevention and childhood obesity prevention, government agencies representing the public health and law enforcement, and neighborhood youth and residents—have teamed up to prevent chronic disease by preventing violence. The unique collaboration is leveraging each partner's expertise and resources to advance the creation of health-promoting environments in neighborhood parks and trolley stations throughout western Chula Vista, California, a border town located 7 minutes north of Mexico.

Building off previous collaborative successes, this multi-disciplinary team embarked on working in an strategic manner to achieve authentic community change. Through the application of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) strategies and community organizing and capacity-building opportunities, youth and adult residents are playing a key role in addressing substandard conditions in neighborhood public spaces tarnished by the threat of violence and a poorer quality of life. This process also inspired the idea of creating new strategies for addressing the root causes and social concerns in target areas, which have contributed negatively to community well being, and have led to the under-utilization of public spaces.

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:
-Describe the lessons learned from working as a multi-disciplinary team, and building working alliances to create a comprehensive set of mutual goals and action plans. -Identify key stakeholder groups that are critical to the development of a comprehensive strategy to reduce crime and violence in underserved areas of communities -Explain the different strategies and theories involved in the practical application of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) from a community-based perspective

Keywords: Community-Based Health Promotion, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dana Richardson is qualified to present because he oversees projects focused on improving community conditions in low-income neighborhoods and empowering community residents, including youth, to affect policy change at the local level in order to ensure all communities have access to safe spaces encouraging active living.
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.