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Promoting Health at the Community Level is the first book to provide a systematic examination of community-based health promotion. Edited by Doug Easterling, Kaia Gallagher, and Dora Lodwick, this innovative text uses seven case studies to evaluate community-driven health promotion and present promising strategies for initiating and sustaining community-based efforts. Individual chapters describe real-world, multi-site health initiatives and summarize their evaluation outcomes. Offering unique lessons for community-based coalitions and supportive organizations, Promoting Health at the Community Level will also inspire academics and students to further explore this innovative approach to health promotion and disease prevention.

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

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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