259711 Anatomy of active living collaboratives: Results from the Coalitions and Networks for Active Living (CANAL) study

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 1:10 PM - 1:30 PM

Jill Litt, PhD , Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, CO
Hannah Reed, BS , Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, CO
Rachel Tabak, PhD , Prevention Research Center, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Susan Zieff, PhD , Department of Kinesiology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Amy A. Eyler, PhD , Prevention Research Center, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Rodney Lyn, PhD, MS , Institute of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Karin Valentine Goins, MPH , Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
Jeanette Gustat, PhD , Department of Epidemiology; Prevention Research Center, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Nancy O'Hara-Tompkins, PhD , Department of Community Medicine, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Introduction: Environmental and policy approaches are recognized as important to public health efforts to influence activity behaviors. The Coalitions and Networks for Active Living (CANAL) study seeks to understand active living collaboratives, which are in a unique position to promote these approaches in their communities. We will describe the structures and processes of multi-sector, community-based active living collaboratives across the United States. We will also profile the range and extent of environmental and policy changes (EPC) accomplished by these groups. Method: We conducted in-depth semi-structured interviews with each collaboratives' designated representative. Items included organizational leadership and structures, tactics and activities (e.g., community engagement, media engagement, activism and advocacy, policymaker engagement and assessment strategies), and the extent of environmental change and related policy actions in eight strategy areas (e.g., parks and recreation, transit). Descriptive statistics, environmental and policy change scoring algorithms, and analytic models will be presented. Results: 59 collaboratives completed interviews. Our sample represents 22 states with groups from urban, suburban, rural and mixed geographies. We will describe the range and depth of EPC by key indicators of collaborative effectiveness. For example, groups that were more likely to engage non-traditional partners (e.g., community leaders and media), engage in written advocacy and offer public testimony were more likely to advance the EPC agenda. Conclusions: Results from this study will showcase the work accomplished by community organizations, local government agencies and the private sector around active living. These findings will inform practice guidelines for collaborative approaches to advance environmental and policy change.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the breadth and depth of work being undertaken by active living, community collaboratives across the United States. 2. Identify the factors that make multi-sector, community-based, active living collaboratives effective. 3. Discuss the types and range of environment and policy changes collaboratives address at the local level.

Keywords: Physical Activity, Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as principal investigator for this study.
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.