Comprehensive Land Use and Regional Growth Projects
Healthy Works Phase I
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), three risk behaviors — lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use —are responsible for much of the early death related to chronic disease in the United States. Effectively addressing these three behaviors through policy, systems, and environmental change to make healthy choices the easier choices can have a significant impact on preventing negative health consequences, such as heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
In March 2010, CDC created the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program to apply practice and evidence-based strategies to reduce obesity and tobacco use across the nation. The program was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. CPPW awarded a total of $373 million to local communities over a two-year period.
The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) received $16.1 million through CPPW to fund projects in the San Diego region that increase levels of physical activity and access to healthy food and nutrition. The goals of the San Diego CPPW program, also called Healthy Works, were achieved through partnerships between HHSA, service providers, planning agencies, and community partners. HHSA partnered with SANDAG to implement projects related to regional planning, active transportation, and Safe Routes to School. This work was supported by $3 million in grant funds and was completed by March 2012.
In September 2011, HHSA received another grant through the CDC, the Community Transformation Grant (CTG), to build on the successes of the Healthy Works program. View information on Phase II of Healthy Works.
Public ParticipationLocal agencies, schools, tribal governments and community-based organizations had several opportunities to get involved. Through the Healthy Works program, SANDAG awarded 24 grants to local agencies, schools, tribal governments, and community-based organizations. In addition, a Public Health Stakeholders Group was formed, composed of key stakeholders in the San Diego region, to provide input on the Healthy Works initiatives.
SANDAG InitiativesSANDAG implemented the following six projects as part of the Healthy Works program:
Health Impact and Assessment
Regional Comprehensive Planning Policies
Healthy Communities Campaign
- Healthy Communities Planning grants to local agencies and tribal governments to add public health components to local planning efforts
- Active Community Transportation grants to local agencies to develop comprehensive approaches for creating bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods
Safe Routes to School Implementation
- Safe Routes School Planning and Capacity Building grants supported comprehensive Safe Routes to School planning
- Safe Routes to School Education, Encouragement, and Enforcement grants funded programs that encouraged and educated students, parents, school officials, and other community stakeholders to walk and bicycle to school safely
Active Commuter Transportation Campaign
Regional Bicycle Plan Implementation
(to be completed by December 2012)
Healthy Communities Atlas
The Healthy Communities Atlas maps existing conditions for social and physical factors, or determinants, that affect health outcomes and disparities in the San Diego region. These determinants of heath are based on current evidence and research. The Atlas is a series of maps and accompanying explanatory text and tables. The underlying data is available for download in GIS format.
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