Online Program

Passport to Parks: A Collaboration Between Parks and Health

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Elaine Lo, MPH, Family Health Services, San Mateo County Health System, San Mateo, CA
Jennifer Liu, Parks & Recreation Department, City of Foster City, Foster City, CA
Edith Cabuslay, MPH, Community Health Promotion Unit, San Mateo County Health System, Belmont, CA

Due to sedentary lifestyle, Americans are at greater risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Healthcare agencies, Parks and Recreation (PR), local government, and community members in San Mateo County, CA, united as a physical activity collaborative to promote physical activity and improve its residents’ physical and mental health, and social connectedness.


The collaborative is launching a year-long “Passport to Parks” (P2P) campaign in 2015 to send residents on a “treasure” hunt to discover some of their cities’ parks. P2P increases parks’ visibilities and use while it engages residents in active transportation (e.g., walk, bike). Participants find a series of clues about the next destination until they reach the final destination. P2P includes routes and parks that are amenable to families, older adults and people with disabilities.


At least four cities’ Parks and Recreations are participating in P2P. The goal is to have at least 60 residents from each city complete the campaign. The participants’ surveys will help guide the development of public health policies that focus on engaging communities in physical activity at the parks or other public venues. 


In addition to increasing physical activity, this campaign has two additional benefits - increasing collaboration between multiple agencies within a county and improving residents’ connection with local resources. As residents become more active, they become less sedentary, reducing their chances of developing poor health outcomes. The campaign is one of few endeavors to develop collaborative health policies that promote physical activity, social connectedness and health.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Explain the steps for planning, implementing and evaluating a physical activity campaign Describe the benefits and challenges of a multi-agency collaboration for physical activity promotion

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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have an MPH in Health Education and currently work as a Public Health Educator for a local county. As staff of a county-wide physical activity collaborative, I plan and implement the program mentioned in the abstract, as well as other physical activity initiatives. I am also involved with a Falls Preventions Taskforce and a Bay Area Physical Activity and Nutrition Collaborative's Physical Activity subcommittee.
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.