Online Program

Leveraging a National Network to Promote Well-being, Reduce Risk, and Reclaim Health Across the Nation: The YMCA Perspective

Monday, November 2, 2015: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
This session will cover how additional mechanisms are needed to sufficiently scale up public health interventions to address the largely preventable chronic disease crisis our nation is facing. We will present how national nonprofit networks can be leveraged to scale up public health interventions, given their ability to reach a large number of people in a variety of settings, infrastructure to allow for broad-scale dissemination of programs and strategies, and trust among those they serve. The Y, with reach into 10,000 communities, will be presented as an example of a community-based organization that is working to impact public health and the five supporting abstracts will illustrate how the Y’s strategy for healthy living mirrors the socio-ecological model by addressing the places and levers that can impact a person’s ability achieve good health.
Session Objectives: Discuss how nationwide community-based organizations can leverage their networks to impact public health. Explain the process by which a community-based organization with a nationwide network can serve as an adjunct provider of services traditionally delivered by healthcare providers. Identify ways to partner and leverage the Y in local community settings.
Matt Longjohn, MD MPH

Policies for Creating Healthier Environments in Early Childcare and Afterschool Programs   
Karah Mantinan, MPH, RD, Alice Ann Gola, PhD, Katherine Hohman, MPH, Bert Ruiz and Shannon Raymond, BS

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

Organized by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion

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