Healthy CommunitiesDespite decades of public health interventions that focus on changing individual behavior, chronic disease continues to be prevalent. The cost of chronic disease in the United States is spurring policymakers to respond with a greater emphasis on population health approaches. The passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, reflects the importance of the trend.
Healthy communities strategies work to shape policies and environments where people live, work, play, and learn. They require diverse partner organizations and community members to work together to create sustainable, community-based improvements that address the root causes of chronic diseases like diabetes and related risk factors.
JSI’s growing healthy communities portfolio spans the United States. Our work, and subsequent success, is grounded in the belief that all people will be beneficiaries of the intended policy, systems, and environmental change efforts. JSI recognizes the prevalent notion that individuals are responsible for engaging in health-promoting behaviors but works to ensure that people are only held accountable when they have adequate resources and/or are supported by their environments. Although healthy communities efforts can impact populations of people, they are long, complex, and multi-step processes. JSI’s work includes documenting and assessing these lengthy and comprehensive initiatives.
JSI also works with clients to coordinate and provide technical assistance to school and community stakeholders and their partners to implement policy, systems, and environmental change. In these roles, JSI has facilitated meetings, conducted assessments, identified or created resources and tools, and engaged non-health partners.
JSI is a leader in developing integrated approaches to health promotion. For several decades, JSI has assisted with smoking cessation initiatives, helped to develop and evaluate large-scale initiatives to prevent obesity, and developed comprehensive cancer-control plans at the state and local levels.
What is a Healthy Community?
In January 2016, JSI asked a number of grantees from the first convening of the New York Obesity Prevention Center for Excellence (OPCE) what they thought was a healthy community. This video highlights their responses.
As the Obesity Prevention Center for Excellence, JSI will provide training and technical assistance to grantees and will be the lead organization to an exceptional partnership of collaborators.
JSI conducted an assessment in San Jose, California, that identified food access resources and needs for two target populations: homeless individuals and low-income seniors.
JSI works with CDC to provide capacity-building assistance to community-based organizations across the U.S. to support CDC’s high-impact approach to HIV prevention for populations who need it most.
The HSHC project is evaluating the process of school and community partnerships to develop and implement multi-factorial interventions and the results of their impact, aimed at promoting physical activity and healthy eating.
JSI evaluated this two-year initiative and implemented a mixed-method approach to assess the impact the programs, policies, and environmental changes on residents' health as well as the overall awareness of these initiatives.
MetroWest Moves aims to promote wellness and prevent obesity in Framingham, Hudson, and Marlborough by developing policies and environmental strategies that encourage healthy eating and active lifestyles. JSI is coordinating the initiative.
The Massachusetts Asthma Prevention and Control Program is conducting program evaluation activities, including developing a comprehensive, five-year evaluation plan, with JSI guidance.
JSI is conducting a feasibility assessment for implementing high-impact public policy in licensed child care settings, public schools, and workplaces toward combating obesity and tobacco use.
JSI developed youth leadership to advance breast cancer awareness, prevention, and access to care using an innovative approach of bringing together students, family members, and community through a high school club.
To help the Rhode Island Department of Health protect and promote health in the state, JSI developed a set of valid measures of health outcomes, health-related behaviors, and health system performance that can be generated on a timely basis.