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JUNE/JULY 2007 NEWSLETTER
STEPS PROGRAM OFFICE

Posted July 20, 2007

Topics in this newsletter:

June Steps CAP Workshop and Action Institute....... A Great Success!

More than 300 people representing Steps grantees and partners, associated national organizations, and the CDC attended the 2007 Steps Cooperative Agreement Program Workshop and Action Institute, held June 4–June 6 in Seattle, Washington. Summary information is accessible through a new main menu item ("June 2007 Workshop") on the Steps Web site, which also leads to other workshop-related hyperlinks cited in this newsletter.

The Workshop Agenda focused on training in the areas of "Environmental, Policy, and Organizational/Systems Change" and "Sustainability" for the communities funded by the Steps Program. Information was presented through thought-provoking plenary speeches, poster and oral presentations on selected abstracts, and daily training sessions.

The Steps Program Office would like to give special thanks to King County Steps to Health and Steps to a HealthierWA, two Steps Program grantees, for serving as co-hosts for this year’s Workshop and Action Institute. The Program would also like to thank our generous sponsors — the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the YMCA of the USA, and Partnerships in Prevention — for helping to support this year’s meeting.

2007 Steps Community Heroes....... Inaugural Awards Given

At the Workshop and Action Institute’s closing ceremony on June 6, the recipients of the 2007 Steps Community Heroes Awards were announced and officially recognized. The heroes then shared moving stories about why they became actively involved in their communities. Information about the awards program and each of the heroes is available at the above link. Videos of their acceptance speeches will be available in the near future at the above link.

The Steps Community Heroes Awards Program is a new initiative that honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improve the health and well-being of others in their communities. The inaugural 2007 recipients include a minister, business leader, husband-and-wife volunteer team, fitness advocate, and citizen activist. These volunteers have worked tirelessly to create opportunities in the community and workplace for better access to walking and biking trails, workplace fitness centers, healthy food and beverage choices, and educational programs on the benefits of physical activity, good nutrition, and disease self-management.

The 2007 recipients of the Steps Community Heroes Awards are

The Steps Program National Office would also like to congratulate all of the other nominees whose names were submitted by other Steps communities in recognition of their contributions. The following is an alphabetical list of the other 22 nominees:

  • Dr. Albert Adler (Steps to a HealthierAZ-Tohono O’odham Nation); Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (Steps to a Healthier Salinas); Roy Avila (Steps to a Healthier Santa Clara); Kathy Boeckman (Steps to a Healthier Santa Clara); Dr. Gayle Bush (Steps to a HealthierAL-Southeast Region); Brita Butler-Wall (King County Steps to Health); Dan Deon (Steps to a HealthierNY-Jefferson County); Mildred DeRouen (Steps to a HealthierCO-Teller County); Jennifer Eisenbarth (Steps to a HealthierMN-Minneapolis); Randy Evetts (Steps to a HealthierCO-Pueblo County); Christy Filby (Steps to a HealthierWA-Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan Counties); Joanne Florian (Steps to a HealthierCO–Mesa County); Wayne Fraleigh (Steps to a HealthierAZ-Cochise County); Greta Gladney (Steps to a Healthier New Orleans); Peter Guttchen (Steps to a HealthierWA-Thurston County); Vedeta Hanley and Linda Suarez (Steps to a HealthierNY-Rockland County); Barbara Lewis (Steps to a HealthierPA-Fayette County); Karen Pesce (Steps to a HealthierFL-Hillsborough); Stephen Schadler (Steps to a HealthierAZ-Santa Cruz County); Mayor Thomas Selders (Steps to a HealthierCO-Weld County); Ila Tittelbaugh (Steps to a HealthierAZ-Santa Cruz County); and Sally White (Steps to a HealthierAZ-Cochise County).

Environmental, Policy, and Organizational/Systems Change....... Web Site Resources

Several of this year’s Steps Workshop and Action Institute training sessions were led by presenters from the Prevention Institute, including its Executive Director Larry Cohen, and the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas, including its Associate Director Dr. Jerry Schultz. These two organizations have developed many useful tools for developing, implementing, and sustaining chronic disease prevention programs at the community level. The resources cited below were presented during training sessions.

Prevention Institute’s Tools*

Prevention Institute is a nonprofit national center dedicated to improving community health and well-being by building momentum for effective primary prevention. The organization "develops tools to support the crafting, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive prevention initiatives and effective coalitions." The following items are just some of the tools available on their Web site:

  • Spectrum of Prevention: A six-level framework that expands prevention efforts beyond education models by promoting a multifaceted range of activities for a more comprehensive and effective understanding of prevention.
  • Developing an Effective Coalition: An eight-step guideline for the process of coalition building to help advocates and practitioners on issues ranging from the function of the coalition, to membership selection and conducting ongoing evaluations.
  • Collaboration Math for Enhancing the Effectiveness of Multidisciplinary Collaboration: A tool intended to help organizations from diverse disciplines work together by enabling them to better understand each other’s perspectives and to identify both strengths and gaps in their partnership.
  • Environmental Nutrition and Activity Community Tool (ENACT): A concrete menu of strategies designed to help communities improve nutrition and activity environments on a local level, and also includes the "ENACT Local Policy Database."
  • THRIVE (Tool for Health and Resilience In Vulnerable Environments): A tool designed to help you understand and prioritize the factors within your own community that can help improve health and safety.

University of Kansas’ Community Tool Box*

The Community Tool Box, online since 1995, provides more than 7,000 pages of practical information for promoting community health and development. The Web site is created and maintained by the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas. According to University of Kansas, "Each section includes a description of the task, advantages of doing it, step-by-step guidelines, examples, checklists of points to review, and training materials. The vast resources are organized by what you may want to do," as follows:

  • Learn a Skill: A "Table of Contents" links you to 46 Chapters and more than 350 sections that provide training in specific skills of community work.
  • Plan the Work: Toolkits provide outlines for tasks, examples, and links to how-to information for 16 core competencies involved in doing this work.
  • Solve a Problem: "Trouble-Shooting Guides" list common dilemmas you face in this work, questions for analysis, and links to relevant supports for solving them.
  • Explore Best Processes and Practices: Evidence, examples, and links to tools help you make the case for a set of key mechanisms that advance your work.
  • Connect with Others: Learn with others about this work in online forums, ask a question of an advisor, and find links to other online resources.

Charting the Future of Community Health Promotion....... Recommendations

In March 2006, the CDC’s Division of Adult and Community Health (DACH) within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) invited an external panel of experts to provide guidance for advancing community health promotion within the next 3 to 5 years. Twenty-five people representing various health care sectors and broad areas of public health and community expertise (e.g., universities, state and local health departments, national nonprofit organizations, and community-based groups) participated on the National Expert Panel on Community Health Promotion. The recommendations, entitled "Charting the Future of Community Health Promotion: Recommendations from the National Expert Panel on Community Health Promotion," were published in the July 2007 edition of CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease.

The July edition was designed as a special issue on community health promotion and includes topics related to community-based participatory research and surveillance, training and capacity building, new approaches for health and wellness, and maximizing federal investments. The special issue not only highlights the recommendations, but also includes a roundtable of editorials from experts in community health promotion from within and outside of CDC (see table of contents). This compilation of articles illustrates the steps needed to broaden the traditional purview of public health and advance a new vision of improving community health and wellness.

Nutrition and Physical Activity....... Legislative Database

CDC’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Legislative Database is provided as an online resource by CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. This database can assist communities in keeping abreast of legislative issues that may affect their communities.

What is included in the database? All topics relate to the main subjects of nutrition and physical activity. Topics such as obesity/overweight are included, as well as more specific listings such as location (e.g., schools, work site), related focus area (e.g., fruits and vegetables), or service (e.g., health insurance). Using the general search function, you can find out what bills are pending this year in your state or you can search by specific bill number.

Encouraging Community Walks....... Make It a "Challenge"

To all Steps Grantees: How about checking on your professional sports schedules and setting up a Community Spirit Challenge? Read further to find out how a friendly competition proved to be an excellent way to promote the importance of being more physically active while at the same time creating a venue for these two city’s residents and downtown employees to walk in support of their respective NBA teams.

Cleveland fans showed their support for the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals Game 4 with a lunchtime 1.6 mile "Rise Up Spirit Walk" on June 14 from City Hall to Quicken Loans Arena that was organized by Steps to a Healthier Cleveland. Simultaneously, Steps to a Healthier San Antonio led its own walk for the Spurs team in response to a spirit challenge from the Cleveland Steps program. Jennifer Scofield, director of Steps to a Healthier Cleveland, was pleased to see all 5 television stations cover their walk. Jennifer said, "We were able to get out the message about the importance of work site wellness and walking, and we were able to capitalize on promoting physical activity during the workday." Richard Jackson, senior management analyst for Steps to a Healthier San Antonio, reported having television coverage of their event as well. Richard commented, "We had a great turnout walking downtown, which included the River Walk." He went on to say with a laugh, "You know, we really should automatically be considered the ‘winners’ since they walked in a cool 78 degrees and we walked in 93 degree heat!"

Steps 2007 Summer Walk in Cleveland, OH

Steps 2007 Summer Walk in San Antonio, TX

Cleveland, OH
 (Courtesy of City of Cleveland
Photographic Bureau)

San Antonio, TX


Upcoming Conferences of Interest....... For Steps Grantees and Partners

*Links to non-Federal organizations are provided solely as a service to our users. Links do not constitute an endorsement of any organization by CDC or the Federal Government, and none should be  inferred. The CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organization Web pages found at this link.

Page last reviewed: May 2, 2008
Page last modified: January 8, 2008
Content source: Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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