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August, 2013

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Posted by: | Posted on: August 29, 2013


At Lyon Software, we often come across fantastic resources.  Community Commons is one of those that can really make a difference in your programs and your organization’s impact.

“Community Commons is an interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communities’ movement.
Registered users have FREE access to:

  • Thousands of map-able geographic information systems (GIS) data layers and tables displayed at varying geographies for all communities in the United States;
  • An application program interface (API), providing free interoperable access to data;
  • Contextualized mapping, reporting, data visualization, and sharing abilities;
  • Searchable profiles of place-based community initiatives and multi-sector collaborations;
  • Peer learning opportunities to explore similar topics and share best practices;
  • Spaces for individuals and communities to share narratives, interviews, videos, images, documents and other online resources;
  • Searchable profiles of hundreds of place-based community initiatives and multi-sector collaborations working towards healthy/sustainable/livable/equitable communities; and
  • Peer learning opportunities with colleagues across the country exploring similar interests and challenges”

It truly is an amazing resources with tons of FREE data on all sorts of indicators.  It can help with a community needs assessment, setting goals or measuring your impact.  I suggest everyone check it out.

You can read more about Community Commons and create your own data maps here.

Posted by: | Posted on: August 29, 2013

Communication Models to Engage Community

A great story from Community Commons about getting the community involved.

Communication Models to Engage Community

When the Community Healthy Outcomes Team, a group comprised of leadership representing different sectors across Montgomery County in Ohio, conducted a health needs assessment in 2010, the results demanded action.

“Several things certainly jumped off the page with the assessment,“ says Bruce Barcelo, program director at GetUP Montgomery County. “And obesity, diabetes, all that continues to be extremely high in not only Ohio, but in Montgomery County.“ Based on this information, the team decided to develop a countywide initiative specifically aimed at encouraging healthy eating and active living. They went searching for programs and approaches to engage members of the community. Having seen several different models from across the country, the team chose to promote a “5-2-1-Almost-None” initiative; sending a prescriptive message that everyone can strive to achieve on a daily basis.

Read the rest of the story at CommunityCommons.org…

Posted by: | Posted on: August 27, 2013

The Marvin: How Intergenerational Programming Enriches Lives of Young and Old

What do you get when you mix senior housing and a childcare center?

Twenty years ago, an ambitious plan to offer services to both children and older adults “under one roof” helped win architect Bruce R. Becker a shot at redeveloping the then-abandoned Marvin School in Norwalk, CT.

Today, the daily presence of 40 preschoolers and 52 older adults in that same building is enriching the lives of both generations….

Originally posted at LeadingAge.org. To read the rest of this great article, go to LeadingAge.org

Posted by: | Posted on: August 23, 2013

Have a great idea for ACHI? Submit a proposal.

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Succeeding in the Second Curve

The Critical Role of Community in Moving from Individual to Population Health

Call for proposals for ACHI’s 2014 National Conference.

ACHI invites community health professionals to share successful case examples and practical tools and skills with more than 400 colleagues at the annual conference. Submit your presentation proposal today. Deadline is September 20, 2013.

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