In the community

APHA_Hamilton Co CPPW Poster 2013

I served as a Health Educator Consultant for Hamilton County Public Health on the Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant from the CDC. Starting in September of 2011, 12 communities received $24,000 total each, to 1) assess policies, services and environment; 2) establish action plans to address needs and build on assets; 3) implement actions. I supported the teams individually and collectively through the CDC’s Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE) Tool. Each community selected projects that would improve services or their environment that would support sustainable health-promotion. Examples of community actions: Roselawn, Amberley Village, Cheviot and Avondale built or added onto community gardens. Wyoming, Cheviot, Addyston and Madisonville purchased community or school physical activity equipment (permanent or curriculum). North College Hill, College Hill, Northside, Norwood and Avondale identified and marked walking distances. Benches and waste baskets were purchased. Cleves designed and installed a skate park. All 12 communities established Shared Use agreements to increase free, safe physical activity opportunities. Our process and results were selected for a poster presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in 2013 (peer-reviewed).