142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Creating Healthy Communities and Overcoming Barriers through Effective Coalitions

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Sarah Garchar Ginnetti, RD, LD , Ohio Department of Health, Columbus, OH
Ashley Davis, MA, RD, LD , Ohio Department of Health, Columbus, OH
Efforts for chronic disease prevention must occur at all levels including individual, family, community and the broader society. Collaboration between traditional health agencies and nontraditional sectors such as transportation and education professionals occurs to implement sustainable society changes. To explain this collaborative approach, this presentation will highlight the best practices of the Ohio Department of Health's Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) program. CHC is helping communities, schools, worksites, and faith-based institutions to become places where healthier choices are easier choices. Through policy, systems, and environmental changes, CHC is working to increase opportunities for physical activity, improve access and affordability to healthy food, and assure tobacco free living for all Ohioans. In 2013, CHC impacted nearly 1 million Ohioans within its 16 funded counties who have all been identified as having a high burden of chronic disease.   Coalition building within each community is vital to CHC’s impact and helps to alleviate common barriers such as lack of funding, volunteers, community support. Through coalition building, public and private partners help CHC secure additional funding over their initial award to enhance and further support change throughout the community. In 2013, CHC leveraged nearly $2 million to support efforts. This amount does not include the countless hours of volunteer labor time which also helps to advance efforts and the overall reach of the CHC program.  To increase the sustainability and overall achievement of the program, coalition members also help to evaluate and communicate the program’s impact through data collection and success stories.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention

Learning Objectives:
Describe evidenced based policy, system and environmental changes to reduce the burden of chronic disease. Name nontraditional sectors that should make up a community coalition focused on chronic disease prevention efforts.

Keyword(s): Chronic Disease Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am currently a Program Consultant for the Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) program at the Ohio Department of Health, where I provide technical assistance to subgrantees receiving CHC grant funds to drive sustainable policy, systems, and environmental changes statewide. I am an active member of the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists, represent Ohio on the Active Places National Shared Use Taskforce and am also a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Ohio Department of Health n/a Employment (includes retainer)
CDC n/a The Creating Healthy Communities Program is grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant

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.