HEALTHY COMMUNITIES RESEARCH GROUP

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Healthy Communities

HCRG Purpose and Overview

The GP RED Healthy Communities Research Group (HCRG) helps parks, recreation, public health, and related departments and organizations use a Systems Thinking Approach to assess, analyze, document, and evaluate five key elements related to the repositioning of parks and recreation agencies as a primary provider of activities that impact public health in communities using systems and tools for:

  1. Convening Community Stakeholders and Champions – Residents? Partners? Providers?
  2. Creating a Warrant for Agency Action – Why? Who? What is the Impact?
  3. Policies, Laws, and Procedures – What is influencing active living? Transportation? Safety?
  4. Inventory of Assets and Affordances – Programs? Parks? Trails? Facilities? Food? Gaps?
  5. Fiscal Resources and Distribution – What funds? How should they be allocated?

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HCRG’S SURVEILLANCE AND MANAGEMENT TOOLKIT (SMT)

HCRG-SMT-ncsu and ecuSince 2009, the Healthy Communities Research Group (HCRG) has been working with Alpha and Beta test agencies in Bloomington and South Bend, Indiana, and Liberty, MO to develop the Healthy Communities Surveillance and Management Toolkit™. New Beta test agencies are starting the process now and GP RED hopes to finalize testing with 10 beta sites around the country. If your community is interested in participating, see the application for Beta Sites below.

The toolkit is designed to be a community and agency resource for a catalystic approach to increasing active living and reducing obesity, and includes data collection templates and step-by-step instructions for implementing the five key elements necessary to reposition parks and recreation agencies as primary community public health providers.

Interested in becoming a Beta Site for the SMT? Click here for more information.

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES RESEARCH GROUP PROJECT DOCUMENTS:

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An analysis of these elements through the SMT process involves key local stakeholders (public health, transportation, schools, for profit/non-profit partners, youth, parents, and other stakeholders) to create a systems portfolio, strategic concepts for improvement, and future modeling for the purposes of articulation, prioritization, management, and surveillance of outcomes over time.