As a companion to the online course titled Partnering4Health: Approaches to Sustaining Healthy Communities, SOPHE has developed a toolkit to provide guidance and resources for those who seek to carry out the sustainability activities described in the course. Whereas the online course provides guidance about the steps that can be taken to ensure sustainability, the toolkit provides the tools and resources that can help public health professionals and educators, community-based organizations, and community members who are passionate about improving the health of their communities to take those steps toward sustaining healthy communities.
In April 2017, the Status Report for Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities was released. The Call to Action provided a clear road map for partners across all sectors to improve walking and walkability for all Americans. The Status Report summarizes the state of walking and walkability when the Call to Action was released, as well as selected activities done since the release to sustain the messages and promote the goals established by the Surgeon General. The objective of this presentation is to summarize the key findings from the Status Report, including success stories from partners in the field who are taking action to promote the goals of the Call to Action. Ohio has made progress in supporting active transportation through cross-sector collaboration since their attendance at the Step it Up! Action Institute on Walking and Walkability. The state is focused on strategies that revolve around education, infrastructure, planning, and data collection to elevate active transportation. Since the event, the Ohio Department of Health has sponsored five regional Complete Streets training, the Ohio Department of Transportation offered new funding for local active transportation projects, and together, they are working on replicating the Action Institute for local communities to attend in June 2017. The Action Institute will revolve around “Experiential Education,” best practice infrastructure, Complete Streets policies, and new statewide bike/ped data collection and coordination efforts. In May, Ohio will be launching a statewide campaign called Your Move to encourage people to walk, bike, and take the bus. Presentation Speakers: Gayathri Kumar, MD, Medical Officer, Physical Activity and Health Branch, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention // Caitlin Harley, BS, Healthy Places Coordinator, Creating Healthy Communities Program, Ohio Department of Health. Gayathri Suresh Kumar, MD, is a Medical Officer in the Physical Activity Branch, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After joining the group over a year ago around the time of the release of the Step it Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities, she helped lead the development of the first status report for the Call to Action. Prior to working within the Physical Activity Branch, she also served as a CDC field assignee to the Georgia Department of Public Health to assist with the implementation of the 1305 cooperative agreement (State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health) and as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer within the Obesity Prevention and Control Branch within DNPAO. She received her MD from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her training in Internal Medicine at Emory University Department of Internal Medicine. Caitlin Harley is the Healthy Places Coordinator for the Creating Healthy Communities program at the Ohio Department of Health. In this role, she focuses on the intersection of health and the built environment, emphasizing the role of physical activity and mobility in chronic disease prevention. Cait also works closely with the Ohio Department of Transportation and leads their Active Transportation Emphasis Area Team as part of their Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Cait is a graduate of Ohio State University with a B.S. in City and Regional Planning and has a passion for how transportation planning can impact the mobility and health of community residents. She practices what she preaches by walking, biking, or taking the bus to work and meetings.
The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.Topics covered include community assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, advocacy, and others. There are 46 Chapters that offer practical, step-by-step guidance in community-building skills as well as 16 toolkits which offer short outlines for key tasks.
The Division of Community Health (DCH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted message testing as part of formative evaluation efforts (“audience research”) to better understand how to most effectively communicate with the public and interested stakeholders about community health and relevant issues. The message testing assessed the reactions and opinions of key audiences to messages that relate to the scope and objectives of the work of DCH and its programs. The findings will help inform current and future DCH-, partner-,and awardee-lead communication initiatives to increase resonance and understanding.