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					Building Healthy Communities
  for Active Aging Coalition
         Cathy Liles, M.P.H.
    School of Rural Public Health,
  Texas A&M Health Science Center
      Tuesday, August 5, 2008
                 Why Build a Coalition?
   Create synergy
   Share resources
   Work toward common goals
   Create alliances among those who might not
    normally work together
   Increase communication among groups
   To plan and launch community-wide initiatives
   To create long-term, permanent social change.
                Steps in Building a
                Community Coalition
   Identify need and determine focus “What do we
    want to do?”
   Identify benefits of collaboration “Why do we
    want to do it?”
   Identify “Key Partners” and stakeholders “Who
    should be at the table?”
   Identify a Champion/s, community partners
    “Who has passion for this idea?”
   Bring everyone together “When and where
    should we meet?”
                Steps in Building a
                Community Coalition
   Define purpose and direction
   Commit to unifying mission
   Define roles
   Share leadership
   Ensure communication
   Identify vision and goals
   Be flexible
                Green + Gray = Success

   Implementing smart growth principles
    improves community health
   Implementing active aging strategies improves
    community health
   What synergies could develop if we married
    these two concepts?
   What benefits could accrue by partnering to
    integrate these concepts?
                 Baby Steps
   A small group of people interested in this idea
    held an organizational meeting to see if might
    be beneficial to formally bring a group together
    for a coalition
   EPA announces “Building Healthy
    Communities” recognition award program
   We said, “Think Globally, Act Locally!”
   The small group began planning
                   Identify Key Partners
   Planning Sector                  Aging Sector
    –   National Governmental         – Local AAA
    –   Regional Planning             – Non-profit Agencies
    –   County Governmental              • Elder Aid
    –   City Governmental                • BVCAA
         • City Council               – AARP
         • Planning                   – Academic
         • Economic Development          • SRPH
    – Developers                         • Kinesiology
    – Academic                        – Service Providers
         • Architecture Urban            • Retirement
           Planning                        Communities
                                         • Assisted Living
                 Identify Key Partners
   Health Sector                 Activity Sector
    – Brazos Valley Health         – Regional Governmental
      Partnership                      • Senior Games
    – County Public Health         – City Governmental
    – Regional Public Health           • Parks and Recreation
    – Hospitals                    – Senior Centers
    – Geriatricians                – Commercial
    – Faith Community                  • Gyms
    – Academic                     – Academic
       • Blinn Nursing School          • Parks and Recreation
       • TAMHSC Medical School         • Kinesioligy
                                       • SRPH
Feed Them and They Will Come
                Key Issues
   Regional or local?
   Limit to aging population?
   Goals?
   Rural participation?
   Senior voices in planning?
   Showcase successes?
   Add transportation sector?
              Involve Partners
   Leadership
   Meeting space
   Work groups
   Refreshments
   Presentations
   Projects
   Planning
   Communication
                             Identify an Opportunity for
                             Quick Success
   Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging National Recognition Program
   What is the National Recognition Program for Communities that Combine Smart Growth
    and Active Aging? The principal goal of the Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging
    Award program is to raise awareness across the nation about healthy synergies that can be achieved by
    communities combining Smart Growth and Active Aging concepts.
   Awards will be presented to communities that demonstrate the best and most inclusive overall
    approach to implementing smart growth and active aging at the neighborhood, tribe, municipality,
    county, and/or regional levels.
   Two types of awards will be made—the Commitment Award and the Achievement Award. The
    Commitment Award recognizes communities that have developed and begun to initiate a specific plan
    to implement smart growth and active aging principles. The Achievement Award will be given for
    overall excellence in building healthy communities for active aging.
   Who can apply for an award? Applicants must be public-sector entities in the United States and
    coordinate with their local Area Agency on Aging. Public-sector entities include all levels of elected
    governments, from city councils to state legislatures and their subdivisions such as planning
    departments and other executive branch divisions. Applications are due September 12, 2008.
Building Healthy Communities
for Active Aging




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                               Commitment Award for
                               Excellence in Building Healthy
                               Communities for Active Aging
                               in the Brazos Valley, TX
   The Brazos Valley Building Healthy Communities Coalition
    (BVHCC) was formed in 2007. Our first accomplishment was
    the successful receipt of the Excellence in Building Healthy
    Communities for Active Aging Award from the United States
    Environmental Protection Agency. As the central planning unit
    for regional activities and a partner in the coalition, the Brazos
    Valley Council of Governments was designated as the applicant
    organization. The application featured five programs/projects in
    our area which demonstrate our involvement in and commitment
    to Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging.
Brazos Valley Health
Status Assessment
    The Brazos Valley Health Partnership,
     consisting of non-profit organizations,
     academic institutions, regional health care
     representatives, local governmental
     representatives, and key community
     stakeholders, carried out the regional
     assessment. This group is dedicated to
     improving health status and access to care
     in the Brazos Valley through collaboration
     of services and creation of local
     partnerships.
Brazos Valley
Area Agency on Aging
Transportation Program
      BVAAA Transportation Program has
       consists of a region wide door-to-
       door service provided by qualified
       senior volunteers in their personal
       vehicles, a taxi program utilizing
       rented vehicles and a combination of
       volunteer and paid drivers and five
       volunteer driven vans in the rural
       counties
                               Active Options
                               Physical Activity
                               Census
   The Physical Activity Census
    identified physical activity
    programs available for seniors in
    the six rural counties. Brazos
    Valley Health Partnership
    members assisted in identifying
    key community stakeholders and
    programs for the survey. The
    program listing is accessible on
    the web. http://activeoptions.org/
                        Wolf Pen Creek Park
   Developed by the City of College
    Station, the park design balances
    the interrelationships between
    drainage, erosion control, and
    recreation along a local creek. The
    park offers a variety of outdoor
    recreation experiences for all ages
    including walking trails,
    picnicking, and an amphitheater
    for entertainment and community
    events.
Downtown Bryan
Revitalization
     project aims to create a vibrant
      historic business district and
      accentuate the uniqueness and
      diversity of the community while
      maintaining the historic integrity of
      the past amidst a multi-use
      business/residential environment.
      An integral element of the project
      is the partnership between the
      municipality, private businesses
      and property owners.
Building Healthy
Communities for Active Aging
            Achievement Award Winners
             – Atlanta Regional Commission,
               Georgia
             – City of Kirkland, Washington
            Commitment Award Winners
             – Brazos Valley Council of
               Governments, Texas
             – Carver County Public Health Division
               and Carver County Health Partnership,
               Minnesota
             – City of Rogers, Arkansas
             – Queen Anne's County Housing
               Authority, Maryland
             – Town of Scarborough, Maine
                              Celebrate Success!

You’re Invited !
Date: 02/13/08
                                   To a celebration
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm                 and press event
La Salle Hotel                     announcing our
102 South Main Street Bryan
                              Excellence in Building
                              Healthy Communities
                                for Active Aging
                                      Award          RSVP: cliles@tamu.edu
                                                        (979) 862-4350


                                   Brazos Valley Building Healthy
                                       Communities Coalition
                  Media Alert
Media Alert: Brazos Valley Wins EPA Award
What: Brazos Valley Building Healthy Communities
  Coalition (BVBHCC) Celebration
When: February 13, 2008 from 3:30-5:00pm
Where: LaSalle Hotel (Brazos Room) in Downtown Bryan
  at 120 South Main Street
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ( EPA) Aging
  Initiative is spearheading a national award which recognizes
  communities for their outstanding comprehensive
  approaches to implementing principles of smart growth, as
  well as strategies that support active aging. Two types of …
                     Vision and Mission

   Vision: Every Brazos Valley community ensures
    the opportunity to enjoy healthy active living.
   Mission: The mission of Brazos Valley Building
    Healthy Communities Coalition is to engage local
    and regional decision makers to partner, plan, and
    propose integrated strategies for healthy living.
   Tagline: Building a Healthy Brazos Valley
                    Plan for the Future
   Leadership
   Goals
     – Short term
     – Long term
   Focus
   Building
    enthusiasm
   Maintaining
    momentum
Community Garden
Project
Community Gardens provide
an opportunity to incorporate
Smart Growth principles at the
neighborhood level
                   Identify Key Partners
   State Extension Service        Law Enforcement
    – Master Gardeners              – NET (Neighborhood
    – Junior Master Gardeners         Enforcement Team)
   County Governments              – Crime prevention
    – Parks                         – Community Service
    – Trails                        – Neighborhood Watch
    – RSVP                         Local Farmers Market
   City Governments               Retirement
    – Parks and Recreation          Communities
    – Planning
                Identify Key Partners
   Schools                 BVHP
   Faith Community         Academic
   Neighborhood             –   SRPH
    Associations             –   Horticulture
   Brazos Valley            –   Architecture
    Obesity Prevention       –   Parks and recreation
    Network                  –   Kinesiology
                             –   Student Volunteers
   Commercial
   Funders
                  Small Group Planning
                  Meeting for Community
Agenda:           Garden
I. Welcome
II. Introductions
III. How and where the Idea/Opportunity came up
    I. General community concerns regarding promoting
         healthy environments
    II. Summary of Dr Lee’s class Questions
    III. North Carolina Model
IV. Questions
V. Roles and Responsibilities
VI. Action Plan
VII.Recommendation (if any) to present to BVHCC
Bittle Lane Park


Project Summary
LAND601: Landscape Architectural Design Theory (2-Week Studio Project)
Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning
Texas A&M University Fall Semester 2007
                Lessons Learned
   Amazing enthusiasm for project
   Incredible resources to support Community
    Gardens in our region
   Start small
   There have been and continue to be community
    gardens in the region
   We need to learn from our mistakes and take
    advantages of learnings from successful gardens
   Safety concerns are important
               Lessons Learned
   Get buy in and commitment from the
    local/neighborhood folks before beginning
   Find local champions
   Develop a protocol rather than one big project
   Think in terms of intergenerational projects
   Develop a model that can be in the rural areas as
    well as the peri-urban areas
   Plan for sustainability from the beginning
   The time seems to be right!
www.LNActiveAging.org
                      Go Texan Certified
                      Retirement Community
   Application Section              F. Payment = exact population x
    A . Client information              .25 cents or $5,000.00
    B. Chief elected official           (whichever is the higher
                                        amount)
    C. Local contact person
                                     G. Chief elected official signature
    D. Web search criteria
                                     H. Checklist for “Go Texan
    E. Population information
                                        Certified Retirement
                                        Community “ program
                                        application


                          Texas Department of Agriculture
                          Rural Economic Development Division
                          P.O. Box 12401
                          Austin, Texas 78711
We can do more working
 together than any of us
       can alone !

				
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