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Partnering4Health

National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention Initiative

Partnering4Health brings together five organizations in a national effort to prevent and control chronic diseases at the community level

  • American Heart Association
  • American Planning Association
  • National WIC Association
  • Directors of Health Promotion and Education
  • Society for Public Health Education

The national organizations worked together to coordinate strategies and technical assistance to maximize impact, increase awareness of community health work, and ensure communities’ ability to achieve improvements that will continue after the project ends.

The organizations leveraged their existing networks, resources, and expertise to reach more communities — 94 in all. The organizations expanded the project’s reach by sharing lessons and expertise gained with other communities.

Now, more than 20 million people in communities across the United States have more access to nutritious foods, physical activity, smoke-free environments, and/or clinical preventive services.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Community Health provided funding for the project and leads the national conversation to create healthy communities.

CDC’s Division of Community Health selected the American Heart Association (AHA), American Planning Association (APA), and National WIC Association (NWA) to work with their existing regional or local affiliates, chapters, or members. The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) provided training, communications support, and technical assistance to the project.

Watch the 7-minute video “Helping Build Healthy Communities” featuring interviews with over a dozen program participants.

Watch the 7-minute video “Helping Build Healthy Communities” featuring interviews with over a dozen program participants.

National Organizations Empowering Communities to Improve Population Health (White Paper)

This report documents accomplishments of the Partnering4Health project at the community and national levels.

During this three-year project, these diverse partners rolled up their sleeves and invested thousands of hours so that adults, children, and youth could have expanded opportunities to live longer, healthier lives.

The report suggests factors that contributed to the project’s success and ways to improve future projects that use a similar national organization model to make community-level changes.

The 94 communities each contributed to advance the evidence-based practice that will help others create healthier communities. Each national organization also strengthened its own commitment and resolve to foster community-based changes using policy, systems and environmental change approaches to reduce chronic diseases and promoting health equity.

The overall goal was to implement, evaluate, and disseminate evidence- and practice-based community health activities that promote health equity.
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Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through DP14-1418: National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention. The views expressed in written materials or publications do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.