National Organizations Empowering Communities to Improve Population Health

National Organizations Empowering Communities to Improve Population Health

Coordinating the efforts of national organizations to provide funding, training, and technical assistance aimed at helping local communities create healthier policies, systems, and environments (PSE) can be an effective model for improving residents' health and promoting healthy behaviors, a report from Partnering4Health, an initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, finds. The report, National Organizations Empowering Communities to Improve Population Health (38 pages, PDF), found that ninety-four urban, rural, and tribal communities received support from Partnering4Health, resulting in twenty million people having greater access to nutritious food (seventy-four communities), opportunities for physical activity (thirty-six communities), smoke-free environments (six communities), and/or clinical preventative services (twenty-nine communities). The report's recommendations include allowing for planning time at both the national and community levels; balancing the need for quick results and the importance of long-term change when setting criteria for selecting communities; and working with state agencies.