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Community Engagement and Networks: Leveraging Partnerships to Improve Lifestyle

  • Juliette Cutts
  • Mary-Virginia Maxwell
  • Robert F. Kushner
  • Jeffrey I. MechanickEmail author
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Community engagement Community partnership Community organization Lifestyle medicine Chronic disease 

Abbreviations

ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

BHCs

Behavioral Health Consultants

FQHCs

Federally qualified health centers

CAM

Complementary and alternative medicine

CBPR

Community-based participatory research

CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HCPs

Health care professionals

YMCA

Young Men’s Christian Association

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juliette Cutts
    • 1
  • Mary-Virginia Maxwell
    • 2
  • Robert F. Kushner
    • 3
  • Jeffrey I. Mechanick
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Yakima Valley Farm Workers ClinicSalud Medical CenterWoodburnUSA
  2. 2.Catholic Family and Child ServiceYakimaUSA
  3. 3.Northwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern Comprehensive Center on ObesityChicagoUSA
  4. 4.Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone DiseaseIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA

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