No. 2, April 2004
SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC HEALTH
ORIGINAL RESEARCH: FEATURED
ABSTRACT FROM THE 18TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHRONIC DISEASE
PREVENTION AND CONTROL
Chronic Disease: The Kate B. Reynolds SELF Improvement Program
JL Michener, ML Sauer, SD Yaggy
Suggested citation for this article: Michener JL,
Sauer ML, Yaggy SD. Communities combating chronic disease: the Kate B.
Reynolds SELF Improvement Program [abstract]. Prev Chronic Dis [serial
online] 2004 Apr [date cited]. Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2004/
The objective of this study is to prevent chronic disease in at-risk
populations through the development of community-based service delivery
networks using community partnerships to create and sustain behavior change.
Administered by Duke University Medical Center's Department of Community
and Family Medicine (CFM), on behalf of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable
Trust, the program provides funding to 16 low-income community partnerships
across 21 counties in North Carolina over a 5-year period. Partners include
health departments, health care organizations, schools, park and recreation
departments, economic development offices, and other civic groups.
The Kate B. Reynolds Smoking, Education, Lifestyle and Fitness (SELF) Improvement Program is focused on
3 main health problems:
tobacco use, inadequate nutrition, and physical inactivity. Projects are
required to demonstrate effective and long-term change in the most at-risk
populations through collaboration with local providers and community-based
organizations as a support base for sustainability.
CFM provides technical assistance to grantees on a variety
of issues, including project management and evaluation, health promotion, and
The SELF Improvement Program is a statewide initiative
that enables North Carolina communities to effect positive health changes
through community-level interventions.
Corresponding Author: Maggie Sauer, MS, MHA, Administrative
Program Manager, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Division of
Community Health, DUMC 2914, Durham, NC 27710. Telephone:
919-681-3086. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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