716-851-4052
Roots in the U.S. and Canada  – WHO and National Civic League
Interdependent dimensions are here – environmental, social, human, and economic – with the major outcome of improved QoL
– Great thing about this model is that all of these dimensions are measurable and therefore manageable. We’ll get into examples soon so no worries if that doesn’t make sense right now.
this is the Harvard Model for Change. Dissatisfaction with whatever situation is happening in the present – could be our county health ranking (56th). A shared vision is something that the community, stakeholders, gatekeepers/everyone develops together. Comprehensive strategic plan is just that – a plan to change the status quo. So these things are basically addressing where we are now, how we want to be, and how do we plan to get there. These all lead to change, but there need to be forces behind it driving the change
Current reality – so in order to create change we need to address where we are now. Right now our sectors of our society include the private (business or non profit), public – gov’t or business, and civic groups  -which of course are our citizens.

And right now, I’m sure most of you can agree, our efforts are separate. The gov’t might be way over here, and gov’t (depending on the political climate) tends to support businesses to support he economy, so they overlap a bit. Non-profits are separate from the gov’t because they are private. But all of the efforts of these groups are not united, and a lot of the time they do not involve the citizens in their efforts. They are doing things FOR citizens, not with them.
So it works the same, not only for our infrastrauctural sectors, but also for our outcomes and how we measure a healthy community. So these are the different forms of capital as we mentioned were measurable and manageable.

Environmental – built, pollution
Economic – job market, stocks, development
Social – includes civic
Human – best measured in quality of life (QoL in any community is best measured by the health of its people)
So the healthy community model suggests that we need to be collaborative and have inter-sector methods– this really relates to INCLUSION. Citizens at the center intentionally – these efforts need to be inclusive not only to all efforts, but also to the citizens (those who the efforts are supposed to be serving).
Goal improve QoL – Quality of life of any community is best measured by the health of it’s people
DYG Inc – market research organization – ran a Healthcare Forum and surveyed members of the public on what makes a community healthy
%s of people who rated these things a 9/10 for what makes a community healthy
“Healthy Public Policy”
Increase personal awareness, knowledge, skills
Supportive environments
Community capacity – celebrate
Reorient thinking from reaction to being pro-active
Anti-Tobacco laws – culture change
CSCR – clean air/soil
Schools – physical education programs
City – pedestrian laws, bike laws, overall increase in support
Understand civic culture – how business is being done now
Like we said, inter-sector. Invite different groups to your meetings, groups that SHOULD be invested in your efforts, even if they don’t SEEM to be, you might find someone who may be. The benefits to this and the interdisciplinary approach are numerous – you will have more ideas (brainstorming was invented in Buffalo), more RESOURCES (#, supports, etc.), and more flexibility in your efforts – more expertise!
Sustainability – engage priority population—that creates authentic and long-standing results
**across the lifespan approach!

This website, all text and images, Copyright© 2019 Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo
No use permitted without permission

Healthy Communities 2030!

Lucy Connery, Executive Director
65 Niagara Square, Room 607
Buffalo, NY  14202

Phone: 716-851-4052