263591 Participation of community-based organizations in school health initiatives: Lessons learned from Chicago's federally-funded Healthy Places initiative

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

Anna Barnes , Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Adam B. Becker, PhD, MPH , Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, Childrens Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Sona Smith , Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Lora Oswald, MPH , Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Annie Lionberger, MA , Health and Wellness Team, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL
Community-based organizations that partner with schools to provide nutrition and physical activity programming are well-positioned to serve as champions for creating healthy school environments. With training and capacity-building support, organizations focused on program delivery can also support schools in implementing policy and practice changes to increase access to healthy food and expand opportunities for physical activity. This presentation will describe the school-based initiatives that are part of Healthy Places, a project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative. The overall goal of Healthy Places is to implement sustainable policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes that address obesity in Chicago by creating healthier environments where Chicagoans live, work, learn, and play. The Healthy Schools Initiative of Healthy Places trained four community-based organizations to improve health equity and support elementary schools in creating healthy school environments by: (1) assessing the current school environment and identifying assets and barriers for healthy eating and physical activity, (2) creating an action plan to improve practices and overcome obstacles, (3) implementing PSE changes in order to meet or exceed the criteria set forth in the USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSC) on healthy fundraising, physical activity, physical education, and classroom rewards, and (4) forming a Wellness Committee to sustain and support change. This presentation will outline lessons learned by engaging community-based organizations to support schools in implementing PSE changes that promote healthy eating and physical activity and applying for the USDA's HUSC award.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1.Identify strategies for engaging community partners in school-based health promotion. 2.Describe how assessments and action plans can guide PSE change in schools.

Keywords: School Health, Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present on the content because as School Programs Manager, I am the primary CLOCC and Healthy Places staff member responsible for school-based approaches to preventing childhood obesity. I speak frequently at professional meetings on school programs and child obesity. Following my experience as a Americorp Vista volunteer at the Urban Ecology Institute in Boston, I worked worked within community organizations on community gardening, youth development, nutrition and food education.
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.