May 15, 2015 | by City of Hope
As public health experts know, health improvement starts in the community. Now, City of Hope has been recognized for its efforts to improve the lives of residents of its own community.
The institution will receive funding from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to support promising community-based work on health improvement, as part of the SCALE (Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation) initiative. Made possible by a $4.8 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and led by IHI, Community Solutions, Communities Joined in Action and the Collaborative Health Network, SCALE will help communities further their ability to improve the health of targeted populations and develop ways to share and spread community-driven approaches across the country.
SCALE matches four “mentor communities” – those with a recent track record of achieving better health – with 20 “pacesetter communities” that are seeking to accelerate their pace of change.
City of Hope has been named a pacesetter community and will design and implement a multilevel plan to reduce chronic disease health inequities due to obesity and sedentary lifestyle, through community-based resources, supportive physical environments and businesses, policies for healthful eating and an emphasis on physical activity.
“After reviewing hundreds of impressive applications, we are pleased to welcome these 24 communities to the SCALE initiative and to bring them together to deepen their ability to create effective improvement and to generously share what’s currently working in various locales,” said Soma Stout, M.D., M.S., principal innovator in SCALE, and executive external lead, Health Improvement, IHI.
“Our SCALE project was born out of two realities: One, the San Gabriel Valley has some of the fastest-growing obesity rates in the nation, and two, we have very active and caring city-level and county-level partners and community organizations who want to step up to make the change,” said Kimlin Tam Ashing, Ph.D., professor and director of the Center of Community Alliance for Research & Education at City of Hope.
“This project links our collaborative – City of Hope, the city of Duarte, the Duarte Unified School District and Neighbors Acting Together Helping All – directly to RWJ and IHI resources to leverage our skills and scale up our 'Eat Move Live' intervention," Ashing said. "Our SCALE project comes at a perfect time as City of Hope pays tribute to Minority Health Month and the 50th anniversary of the health disparities movement. We are honored to do our part in preventing illnesses and promoting well-being within our community.”
SCALE communities will work to improve health outcomes, spread effective best practices as quickly as possible in order to realize improvements in health, and become beacons and resources for any community, anywhere, striving to obtain the best health possible – especially those communities most vulnerable to poor health due to poverty, violence or lack of social supports.
SCALE marks the first community-based program of the recently announced global initiative, 100 Million Healthier Lives, led by IHI and 140 founding partners. Through unprecedented collaboration, this initiative aims to achieve an audacious goal: 100 million people living healthier lives by 2020. To date, nearly 500 patients, community members, leaders, organizations and across the domains of public health, community health, health care, policy, academia, business and financing have joined the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative.
"This is an amazing opportunity to be part of a nationwide initiative of this SCALE," said Celestine McFearn-Walker, executive director of Neighbors Acting Together Helping All (NATHA). "I am looking forward to working with everyone, and finding joy and fulfillment in the benefit we will be creating for our communities and our neighbors who live and work among us. I am very touched by City of Hope's commitment and generosity in partnering to create healthy communities."
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