Community Engagement and Networks: Leveraging Partnerships to Improve Lifestyle

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


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.


Community 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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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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