Healthy People in Healthy Communities
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Congratulations! You, like millions of other individuals and organizations around the world, have accepted the challenge of creating a healthy community. Your task is large, but the rewards are real and measurable.
As we move toward the next millennium, the concept of a healthy city/community is gaining momentum in the United States and worldwide. A healthy city or community is one that embraces the belief that health is more than merely an absence of disease, it includes those elements that enable people to maintain a high quality of life and productivity.
This guide is a tool for you to use in nurturing those elements that make your community healthy. It presents an overview of the process of forming a healthy community coalition, creating a vision, and measuring results. A selected list of Healthy People 2000 national health promotion and disease prevention objectives is included to help you form your healthy community agenda and measure the success of your efforts.
Individuals and organizations have a definite role to play in advancing the health of the people of this Nation and the world. Many are doing just that by forming local healthy community coalitions. I encourage you to join this effort to create a healthier nation. I hope you find this guide especially helpful in creating lasting partnerships dedicated to improving the health of your community.
David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
This publication was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Public Health Service's Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) in the Office of Public Health and Science, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). It is intended for anyone interested in the process of making their community a healthier place to live and work.
Primary authors were Matthew Guidry, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the Director, ODPHP, and Cristina Puentes-Markides, Analysis and Strategic Planning Office, PAHO. Additional assistance was provided by Debbie Maiese, Janice T. Radak, and Janet Samorodin (ODPHP). In addition, the contributions of the following reviewers are greatly appreciated:
|Deborah Bohr, Vice President, American
Hospital Association, The Hospital Research and Educational Trust
Ellen B. Ceppetelli, Curriculum Development, University of Vermont
Melissa Clarke, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Legislation
Linda DeWolf, Senior Director, Community Health Improvement , VHA, Inc.
Kathryn Johnson, President/CEO, The Healthcare Forum
Brick Lancaster, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adult and Community Health
|Peter Lee, Director, Healthy Community
Initiative , South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Rev. Samuel Nixon, Jr., Director, Affiliate Relations , Congress of National Black Churches
Don Mazziotti, Capital Region Health Futures Project
Tyler Norris, Executive Director, Coalition for
William C. Powanda, Vice President, Support Services, Griffin Health Services Corporation
|Joan M. Twiss, Director, California Healthy
Nancy Watkins, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Julia Weaver, The National Civic League
Robin Wilcox, Delaware Valley Healthcare Council
Tom Wolff, Director of Community Development, AHEC/Community Partners