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Ross F. Conner, Sora Park Tanjasiri, Catherine L. Dempsey, Gabriela Robles, Marc B. Davidson & Douglas V. Easterling

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Chapter 2: The Colorado Healthy Communities Initiative: Communities Defining and Addressing Health

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The Colorado Healthy Communities Initiative: Communities Defining and Addressing Health
The colorado healthy communities initiative: Communities defining and addressing health
Ross F.ConnerSora ParkTanjasiriCatherine L.DempseyGabrielaRoblesMarc B.DavidsonDouglas V.Easterling

Around the world, cities, towns, and regions are involved in “healthy communities” and “healthy cities” projects. Rather than relying on “expert” assessments of a community's health needs and “expert” models of health care and health promotion, these projects typically involve citizens first defining the important dimensions of health for themselves and then working together with others, including experts, to achieve their visions of a healthy community. These citizen stakeholders are central actors within healthy community projects in establishing goals and objectives and in implementing action projects (World Health Organization, 1995).

Using this model, The Colorado Trust established the Colorado Healthy Communities ...

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