The Community Action Model highlights the importance of a community’s context, defines six essential practices that undergird success, and focuses the action approach to 3Ps: Partner, Prepare, and Progress. It also describes some expected impacts.
Since 2002, ALBD has gathered these lessons, principles and examples from a range of healthy community partnerships and their leaders. Themes in Lessons for Leaders include capacity building, communication, community engagement for equity, and advancing policy and systems change.
This document offers a range of insights that challenge business as usual, and explores lessons learned about investing in healthy community change to help funders of all sizes leverage their investments, achieve their goals and sustain their results.
Kansas City’s regional HKHC partnership supported neighborhood-based initiatives to achieve and follow through on policy change.
The HKHC partnership in Flint, MI integrated many forms of evaluation into its project from the outset to improve access to quality parks. Results informed priorities and selection of pilot projects, validated effectiveness, guided implementation, and informed multiple local plans for the future.
Chicago’s HKHC partnership effectively used pilot testing to implement pedestrian safety improvements as part of a Safe Routes to Parks initiative in Humboldt Park, and to institutionalize healthy snack vending in the Chicago Park District.
In Oakland, CA, pilot testing and scaling (to 22) of weekly, school-based produce markets in food desert neighborhoods helped to inform and support a larger systems change both within the public schools and the community.
Two housing authorities in King County and Seattle, WA worked to promote cross-cultural exchange among residents and addressed necessary social and cultural factors that influence behavior change.
The HKHC El Paso, TX partnership confronted barriers to resident use of the Chamizal National Park, because the dark green park ranger uniforms bore an unfortunate resemblance to those worn by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Patrol.
The HKHC partnership in Cuba, New Mexico addressed social and cultural factors as they adjusted their approach to developing a mobile farmers’ market for the Navajo community.
The Maryvale on the Move initiative in Phoenix, Arizona, worked energetically and persistently to engage, prepare and involve low-income residents through training, assessment and a variety of real-time opportunities to collaborate with professionals and advocate for change.
CCROP built the capacity of its new immigrant population to advocate for community change, developed a region-wide network of strong leaders, and achieved significant equity results across an eight-county, rural region.
Healthy Active Communities chose to advance educational approaches to healthy housing over regulatory ones that might deter production of multifamily rental housing.