Healthy People Healthy Places Webinar Series

Posted by on April 26, 2010

The Convergence Partnership
Healthy People Healthy Places Webinar Series

Where people live, work, and play affects their health.  The systems that shape communities—from how food is grown, processed, distributed and sold, to whether neighborhoods are built with sidewalks or parks to transportation systems—can all affect health. Some communities’ systems are broken and so don’t allow residents to lead healthy lives and prosper. Changing that will require collaboration from an informed, passionate, fair-minded group working across multiple fields.

That is why we created this webinar series. In it, we offer examples, information, tools, and connections with those creating healthy places through multi-field, equity focused environmental policy change.

All calls are on Tuesdays, 11:00-12:00pm PST (1:00 – 2:00pm CST; 2:00-3:00 EST)

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* April 27 – Healthy People, Healthy Places: How to Implement Environmental and Policy Change Strategies. In this webinar, panelists will delve into what it means to create healthy community environments using policy. Specific examples will be provided.

* May 25 – Successful Partnerships: Strategies for Multi-field and Cross-Sector Collaborations. This session explores how to partner across a broad spectrum of fields from health to urban planning, transportation, food and sustainable agriculture, and community/economic development to build thriving communities.

* June 29 – A Path from Hope to Change: Implementing Equity-focused Principles and Strategies. It’s critical to focus on low-income people and communities of color whose environments often do not allow for healthy choices. In this session, participants will learn how equity-based strategies and principles can form the basis of environmental policy change.

* July 27 –Talking about Healthy People in Healthy Places: Linking Values to Policy and Environmental Change. For most people in the U.S., the starting point for change of any kind is the individual. But when audiences are reminded early in the communication of the influence environments have on health, they are receptive to messages about policies that can change those environments. Panelists will discuss language and techniques that can help participants link environmental conditions to policy change.

* Sept. 21 – The Art and Science of Evaluation: Sound Methods for Assessing Policy and Environmental Change. How do we know if our change strategies are working? Evaluation is a critical component of any effort that seeks long-term sustainable change. In this webinar, panelists will discuss key questions for measuring success in community environments.

Watch for email blasts for detailed descriptions of each webinar and announcements about future speakers. You’ll receive a reminder and webinar instructions closer to the date of each call.

For questions about the series, please contact Shireen Malekafzali,

*The Convergence Partnership is a collaboration of funders compelled by the knowledge that where people live affects their health. The Convergence Partnership is committed to supporting multifield, equity-focused efforts to improve communities so everyone can be healthy. The partnership’s steering committee includes The California Endowment, Kaiser Permanente, the Kresge Foundation, Nemours, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serving as a technical advisor.

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