Community Engagement and Networks: Leveraging Partnerships to Improve Lifestyle
Community engagement represents a critical tool for the successful implementation of lifestyle medicine. This modality consists of a philosophical framework using various social models, an evidence base from specific research methodologies (e.g., community-based participatory research), creation of community relationships, partnerships, and networks, and implementation strategies that take into account particular enablers and barriers to success. A successful example is detailed and it describes a patient-centered home and childhood fitness program in Yakima, WA. An evidence base is also provided summarizing key studies on community engagement.
KeywordsCommunity engagement Community partnership Community organization Lifestyle medicine Chronic disease
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Behavioral Health Consultants
Federally qualified health centers
Complementary and alternative medicine
Community-based participatory research
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Health care professionals
Young Men’s Christian Association
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