142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

Annual Meeting Recordings are now available for purchase

Define it! Design it! Do it! A Community Action Model to Address Disparities, Promote Health, and Create Positive Social Experiences in Diverse Communities

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Obesity is a national epidemic with wide consequences and cost to America’s health and productivity. Community level interventions are gaining popularity as cost efficient measures to reduce obesity and improve health. In this interesting and interactive session, a health promotion leader will provide participants with three valuable tools to promote healthy, active living in their communities. First, participants will participate in a “Better Blocks” workshop, where they will learn how to conduct a neighborhood assessment, a framework to identify “hot spots” and determine solutions that help lay the foundation for living an active, safe and healthy lifestyle. Next they will be guided through “Walking Paths,” a distance markers program using a fun online tool and phone app to design free and safe routes in communities that promotes physical activity, brings neighbors together and provides valuable history lessons. Participants will also be introduced to “Play Streets,” an innovative program that produces community health ambassadors, promotes active living and builds relationships. This session will introduce tools that encourage people to connect with others, creating a healthy social experience and support system. At the end of the session, participants will be able to define and apply steps in an environmental assessment process, test an online tool to create customized paths in their communities, and learn how to become health advocates in their neighborhoods. This innovative approach to addressing health disparities and improving community health will enhance the ability of participants to enrich the lives of those at risk for negative health across the nation.
Session Objectives: Define steps to conduct a built environment assessment process. Assess an innovative online tool for creating neighborhood walking paths. Describe characteristics of a community health advocate.
Gita Rampersad, JD, MHA
Gita Rampersad, JD, MHA

See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.

Organized by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Endorsed by: Aging & Public Health, Public Health Nursing

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)