243553 Promising Strategies for Healthy Communities: An integrative approach for community organizations

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 5:00 PM

Amy Stringer Hessel, MSW , Missouri Foundation for Health, St. Louis, MO
Erin Roesemeier, MPH , Missouri Foundation for Health, St. Louis, MO
The Missouri Foundation for Health's (MFH) ‘Building Community Interventions on Promising Strategies' program provides support to community-based organizations implementing obesity prevention efforts targeted to low-income, high risk communities in Missouri. The program model requires broad regional strategies and community-based activities rooted in best practices for comprehensive obesity prevention efforts. A multi-phase approach has been implemented since 2005 including grantmaking, policy development, capacity building, evaluation, and communication activities. The Promising Strategies effort funds a variety of organizations, city governments, and coalitions to implement effective and replicable evidence-based prevention methods that promote healthy communities by changing the environment and social norms to reduce obesity. The community projects align with the socio-ecological framework, which recognizes multiple spheres of influence impact individual behaviors. Applicants use a pre-selected menu of evidence-based, promising and/or innovative strategies to develop coordinated environmental and policy change interventions to prevent obesity. When combined these efforts help make the healthy choice the easy choice at a community level and advance efforts to implement nationally recognized best practices at the statewide level. Active collaborations and multi-sectoral partnerships are key components of the Promising Strategies program. These relationships leverage resources and create strong, community-wide projects that extend beyond a single organization with the potential for long term sustainability. This is further augmented by technical assistance focused on increasing organizational capacity to conduct prevention programming, advocate for local policy changes and be an active participant in a comprehensive obesity prevention effort.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Program planning
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the significance of aligning efforts with the socio-ecological framework to address obesity and physical activity from a personal and environmental perspective. 2. Demonstrate the value of community partnerships to coordinate environmental and policy change interventions to prevent obesity.

Keywords: Community Health, Community Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am a Healthy & Active Communities program team member, contribute to MFH's community health and prevention and healthcare workforce programs, and have community-based prevention and policy implementation experience. I am involved with local food policy councils and regional obesity prevention networks.
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.