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Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW)

In 2010, the Illinois Department of Public Health received a one-year grant for $100,000 for the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) Initiative.

The goal of CPPW

The goal of CPPW was to reduce obesity and obesity-related health problems among St. Clair County residents by promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles.
 

The program objectives of CPPW

 
  1. To develop the capacity of schools and their surrounding community to provide healthy environments for children & adolescents
  2. To enhance opportunities for citizens to access healthy foods & engage in active lifestyles
  3. To identify geographic areas at greatest risk for obesity-related health problems & develop tools to monitor progress towards fulfilling project & campaign objectives
  4. To expand & strengthen coalition of organizations driving the St. Clair County Get Up & Go Health and Wellness Campaign

Objective 1: To develop the capacity of schools and their surrounding community to provide healthy environments for children & adolescents

  • Three demonstration sites were selected to establish a school-community team with a firm commitment to collaborate on preventing obesity & obesity-related health problems.  
  • The three school sites, located in East St. Louis, Belleville and Lebanon were consistent with the three health regions first established in St. Clair County’s 1999 Project for Local Assessment of Needs (IPLAN). They represented the demographic mix of our County’s population (urban, suburban and rural).
  • Training and project coordination meetings began in October 2010. Project teams were formed in November and completed a community- and school-based Community Health Living Index (CHLI) assessment during the month of December.
  • Faculty from the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing and McKendree University School of Health Education worked with each of the three demonstration sites to utilize the results of the CHLI assessments. Together, they developed sustainable practices for policy and environmental change to improve active living and/or healthy eating practices within their respective target areas.
  • Ongoing technical assistance for plan development, implementation and evaluation occurred from March to August for each of the sites.
  • Demonstration sites developed projects related to school-based community gardens, food cooperatives, before and after school walking and exercise programs.

Objective 2: To enhance opportunities for citizens to access healthy foods & engage in active lifestyles

  • Program funds and staff time were used to compliment and support the ongoing activities of Get Up & Go and other related initiatives being conducted through partnering organizations (i.e. Pioneering Healthier Communities, the St. Clair County Health Care Commission and the Willard C. Scrivner MD Public Health Foundation).  
  • Two full feature circular ads were created and circulated to over 32,000 readers in St. Clair County in the Fall of 2010 and Spring of 2011 to highlight the progress and goals of the County’s Get Up & Go! Campaign.
  • Three CHLI assessments were conducted in communities and neighborhoods working with the Demonstration sites identified in Objective 1.  
  • Staff and program consultants provided technical assistance for Community Collaborative Grants to 14 community groups who were awarded funds in 2010 through the Pioneering Healthy Communities grant. These community groups developed programs and projects to enhance local access to healthy food and improve opportunities for active living.
  • Staff, program consultants and volunteers continued to develop the Get Up & Go website. Get Up & Go initiated a media campaign with a metro St. Louis CBS affiliate (KMOX), local newspapers, and cable networks to address the need for policies and environmental change to support active living and healthy eating.
  • Get Up & Go assisted the Mayor of Belleville to start a weekly “Walk & Talk with the Mayor” program.
  • Get Up & Go was instrumental in implementing an IT policy change within county government to allow county employees to order fresh fruits and vegetables online. The program, known as “My Fruit Cube,” provides a weekly delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables to over 1,000 county employees.

To identify geographic areas at greatest risk for obesity-related health problems & develop tools to monitor progress towards fulfilling project & campaign objectives

  • Program staff received training on the use of Quality Improvement (QI) and Strategy Aligned Management (SAM) tools such as strategy mapping and community balanced scorecards. They applied these skills in multiple ways:
  • The development of a virtual ‘member-only’ work space known as the St. Clair County Health Care Commission wiki-site.
  • The development of strategy maps and other logic models to graphically represent the connection between obesity-related health problems and the need to impact policies to promote active living, healthy eating and environmental change.
  • The recruitment of over 40 local partnering organizations with the commitment and capacity to provide resources, services and expertise to the Campaign through community compact agreements.   
  • School and community surveys were implemented to evaluate current needs, policies and practices and overall willingness to address issues related to active living and healthy eating.

Objective 4: To expand & strengthen coalition of organizations driving the St. Clair County Get Up & Go! Health and Wellness Campaign

  • Staff and program consultants worked with 17 community groups and schools to promote events that encourage active living and health eating.
  • The Get Up & Go Board and Volunteers partnered with the Pioneering Healthier Communities Initiative to host a 3rd Annual Health Policy Summit during the Fall of 2011.
  • The theme was Creating Safe Communities for Healthy Living and featured former Columbia, MO, Mayor Darwin Hindman. He addressed ways in which the communities of St. Clair County can develop Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School programs.
  • Get Up & Go worked with four Institutions of Higher Education (SIU Edwardsville, McKendree University, Southwest Illinois College and Lindenwood University).