Online Program

Collective Impact through Community Engagement: The Live Well San Diego Experience

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Carey Riccitelli, MPH, North County Regions, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Oceanside, CA
Tina Emmerick, MPH, South/Central Regions, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego, CA
Katie Judd, MPA, East/North Central Regions, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, El Cajon, CA
In a county of 3.2 million residents, aligning common goals for policy and environmental change related to community health and well-being can be challenging. Under the umbrella of the County of San Diego’s Live Well San Diego initiative, a long-term vision for healthy, safe and thriving communities, regional community health teams implemented a multi-tiered approach to community engagement. By focusing on common goals identified through community health improvement planning processes, teams aligned efforts of various stakeholder groups to work toward common outcomes. Beginning in 2011, five regional leadership teams were formed, consisting of elected officials, influential leaders, agency representatives and residents.  School districts, cities, businesses, community and faith-based organizations and healthcare agencies have also joined as official partners. Groups of engaged residents have been convened and trained on how to become advocates for change in their neighborhoods.  By focusing on the goals and strategies outlined in the Community Health Improvement Plan, each sector leveraged their influence to make an impact.  The lure of the official Live Well San Diego designation brought many non-traditional partners such as businesses, financial institutions, and utility companies to the table where they came to understand their role in impacting community health and well-being.  Resident Leadership Academies of all forms – youth-led, intergenerational, mono-lingual Spanish speaking – engaged stakeholders and saw meaningful policy and environmental changes in their neighborhoods.  Partnerships across sectors have been critical to the success of this effort and have shaped the collective impact toward a healthy, safe and thriving San Diego County.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Describe the three tiers of community engagement in the Live Well San Diego initiative. Identify the challenges and opportunities in working with residents to impact policy, systems and environmental changes. Explain how a community-driven, region-specific Community Health Improvement Plan can serve as a guiding document for positive change.

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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Live Well San Diego (LWSD) involves partners in all sectors, from government to residents, business leaders, educational institutions, faith-based communities, and community based organizations. A majority of this work is done under the LWSD leadership team advisory group for implementation of the Community Health Improvement Plans. I coordinate and oversee this advisory group and often step into a leadership role to facilitate the LWSD Leadership team meetings when the Chairs are unable to attend.
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.

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