Online Program

Success and Evolution of the Community Health Advocacy Resource Team (CHART)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sarah Egan, MPH, CHES, Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
Steven Blakesely, Clatsop County Public Health Department, Astoria, OR
Carrie Farrar, MPH, CCRP, Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
The Community Health Advisory Resource Team (CHART) was established in 2010 and initially focused on improving nutrition, increasing levels of physical activity, reducing smoking rates, and advancing chronic disease and other self-management programs. The mission of CHART is to work collaboratively with community members to impact policy, systems, and environmental change to improve the overall health outcomes of Clatsop County, Oregon.  Over time, CHART has evolved into an ever growing network of human service agencies, public health champions, and academic institutions. CHART has built community capacity by aligning community members and agencies through monthly meetings and ad hoc work groups that allow for networking and collaboration. Since its inception, CHART has published a commercially available NW Coast Trail Map and Guide, demonstrated community readiness to be awarded the national program Way to Wellville, established an annual Extraordinary Living Conference, advised Oregon Health and Science University researchers on community-based projects, broken down silos between organizations, and connected people and agencies. CHART can serve as a model for building community capacity and improving health outcomes in semi-rural communities (<40,000 people). CHART’s sense of creativity and spirit has broad-reaching applicability in rural and semi-rural places throughout the United States struggling to build partnerships around health.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related education
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the structure and evolution of CHART Demonstrate the measurable successes that CHART has achieved in Clatsop County. Identify methods that the CHART group may be replicated in other communities.

Keyword(s): Community-Based Partnership & Collaboration, Community-Based Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a member of CHART for approximately 2 years, and have been coordinating community health initiatives in Clatsop County, Oregon since 2012. I hold an MPH from Oregon State University and am a Certified Health Education Health Specialist (CHES). My areas of interest include building community capacity (empowerment), community based health research, and improving the built environment to promote health.
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.