An innovative approach to integrate primary prevention programs into affordable housing and community development
In this partnership, MPDC, an anchor organization with nearly 50 years of experience working in the community, has prioritized efforts to implement an innovative approach to integrate primary prevention programs. DFCI provides expertise in behavioral and social evidence-based approaches and resources to increase physical activity and healthy eating among residents of low-income housing developments. Specifically, the partnership supports Open Doors to Health, an initiative that includes incentives to increase utilization of community gardens, farm stands, cooking demonstrations, a CSA (Community Supportive Agriculture) program, and an array of physical activity opportunities. In addition, drawing from MPDC’s strengths, the program empowers community residents by providing training, stipends, and opportunities for resident engagement, advocacy and leadership.
The goal of this presentation is to describe the evolution of a partnership to successfully implement an evidence-based primary prevention program to fully integrate health and wellness programs into community development. Program evaluation, lessons learned, and best practices will be shared.
Learning Areas:Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Discuss the process by which a comprehensive cancer center has partnered with a community development organization to develop and implement a program to address built environment barriers to healthy living. Describe how a community development organization invests in community-wide health equity and community wellness efforts through partnerships with health care institutions, the city health department, resident leaders and other partners. Identify replicable strategies that can be developed in other communities.
Keyword(s): Built Environment, Chronic Disease Prevention
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Since 2007, I have been working closely with my community development partners to implement this program to eliminate built environment barriers to support healthful behaviors in 6 low-income housing sites in Roxbury, MA. My commitment has been to develop programs to address upstream factors to create communities committed to health and wellness for all residents.
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.