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This is for advocacy days - Karen's power point - living the cause

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  • Currently in both towns final reports and final recommendations (including Comprehensive Plan Amendments based on community input) are being completed and will be approved by the Town Planning Board and Town Council. Both communities will host a Leadership Breakfast to present the report to community stakeholders and community members that has been vested in the process. The town will be taking the lead on Comp Plan Amendments and the Working Groups will champion policy and program changes to impact health. The Healthy Places by Design grant period ends at the end of April however all participants have committed to continuing their involvement after the grant ends.

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  • 1. Healthy Living: Living The Cause YMCA of Greater Providence
    • FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
    • FOR HEALTHY LIVING
    • FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
    • February 14, 2012
  • 2. AGENDA
    • YMCA of Greater Providence
    • Healthy Living: Living the Cause
    • Our story focuses on:
    • Healthier Communities
    • YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
    • Health Equity
    • Relationships
  • 3. Healthier Communities
    • In late 2007, the YMCA of Greater Providence convened a diverse coalition to participate in the Pioneering Healthy Communities (PHC) initiative.
    • Focused on two opportunities by implementing two unique, mobile programs:
    • Y On the Move - Based on the concept that there is no better way to get kids moving than by parking a playground in their front yards, Y On the Move brings unique, engaging activities to youth and families where they live, work and play
    • Fresh to You - delivers the highest quality, fresh fruits and vegetables to convenient locations and sells this produce to participants at substantial discounts. According to Research by Brown University, Fresh to You significantly increased fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income children.
  • 4. Healthier Communities
    • 2009 - present Approached by the Rhode Island Healthy School Coalition (HSC) and asked to implement the physical component of the HSC program, Y staff traveled to school districts throughout the state training teachers how to incorporate exercise breaks into the school day. To date - introduced these breaks in 12 school districts in more than 120 classrooms, affecting more than 130 faculty and 2,600 students.
  • 5. Healthier Communities
    • Healthier Olneyville
      • The Y is currently working in collaboration with RI Department of Health and Olneyville Housing on the this initiative
      • Community stakeholders and residents were engaged in a community health assessment and a community improvement planning process
      • We’ve established the Olneyville Community Action Team, to determine the specific actions needed to improve the health of Olneyville and to work collectively to implement changes
      • Secured $52k to go directly to implementation of proposed community changes; specifically to impact opportunities for physical activity
      • Areas of focus are:
        • Neighborhood Design
        • Litter
        • Safety
      • Healthcare
        • Physical Activity
        • Nutrition
  • 6. Healthier Communities
    • Healthy Places by Design – In RFP - DOH mandated YMCA of Greater Providence be a key partner for any municipality due to access to CHLI
      • The Y is a key community partner in the RI Department of Health’s Healthy Places by Design project in Pawtucket, North Kingstown and South Kingstown
      • The project focuses on strengthening land use, transportation and urban design policies and local ordinances that guide the decision making process for the built environment to be more supportive of health, particularly as it relates to physical activity and healthy eating.
      • The Y conducted CHLI assessments in all three communities and was the lead Community-Based Organization in both North Kingstown and South Kingstown. CHLI process is centered around the participation of community residents and stakeholders in assessing their own environment. This approach deepens the level of community engagement and authentic voice that residents and community leaders have within the assessment process.
  • 7. Healthier Communities
    • Healthy Places by Design
      • As the lead CBO in North and South Kingstown, the Y has collaborated with each municipality to lead the community assessment and public engagement efforts. This has included:
        • CHLI Assessments
        • Community Health Survey
        • Hosting Public forums
        • Hosting a design charrette on community health issues
        • Leading and supporting the formation of working groups that will continue to work key areas of concern after the grant has concluded
        • The four key areas of focus identified by both towns are:
    • Access to Healthy Food
    • Access to Recreation/
    • Public Spaces
    • Walking and Biking
    • Supporting Village
    • Development
  • 8. YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program
    • 2010 – 1 class completed – 5 participants
    • 2011 – 9 classes – 58 participants completed
    • 2012 – 5 classes to date; 1 completed; 2 running; 2 upcoming (Feb. 21 & Mar 8)
    • We have a solid referral base (7 PC Practices referring – part of AAFP study); 2-3 other PCP’s referring a little more sporadically; Nurses from BCBSRI also referring
    • 2 of the PC practices are federally funded health clinics – the majority of patients referred from these clinics are very low income; have seen a correlation between mental health; poverty and obesity.  Transportation schedule key to attendance
    • Challenges:
    • Participants need to qualify for the program in two ways:
      • Biometric
      • Readiness for change – this is the most difficult
  • 9. Business Case
    • As soon as the Rhode Island Department of Health received federal stimulus funds, the agency contacted the Y and awarded it $450,000 to take the lead and execute the Healthy Places by Design effort, which incorporates healthy community policies and local comprehensive planning and zoning practices to promote active lifestyles. Funding has also come from municipalities. In four years, the YMCA of Greater Providence leveraged its initial seed funding of $40,000 into $650,000.
    • Partnerships have flourished with:
    • Dept. of Health
    • Brown University
    • Medical Community
    • Schools
    • Municipalities
    • Business Community
  • 10. THANK YOU