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Building a Coalition for a Better Tomorrow

Process

In order for a coalition to be effective, there are certain things you have to have in place: data, resources, and understanding of how processes work in order to create real, sustainable change. Look through these categories to help get an idea of the support that is available.
 

People

Of course, the most important element of an effective coalition is it its people. In LHCC, those people come from the community itself. So, we have no doubt that, with the help of some of what we have outlined on this website (including state-level help), every community can foster and attain the change they desire. Good luck!

 

Resources

There are a variety of resources to help coalitions affect real change in their areas. They range from specific disease sites to policy and law support. Be sure to click here and see what’s available to you.

Here at LHCC, we try to be as specific as possible with our links, driving people to the precise information we think they are seeking. For example, rather than send people to the America’s Health Rankings home page, we use the link to send them specifically to that site’s Louisiana-specific data. Please understand that a site may offer more information in addition to what we are highlighting.


 

Data/Reports

America’s Health Rankings / United Health Foundation
State-by-state health analysis evaluating a comprehensive set of health, environmental and socioeconomic data to determine national health benchmarks and state rankings.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Nation’s premier system of health-related telephone surveys that collect data about U.S. residents regarding health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions and use of preventive services.

Child Health Data / Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health
Provides data on children’s health data ranging from health status and disparities to specific problems and conditions and system performance. Depending on the data requested, custom snapshots of data can be created at the national, regional, state and city level.

Community Resource Guide / Well-Ahead, Louisiana Dept. of Health
This helpful search tool helps you find local Louisiana health resources ranging from screenings to tobacco cessation and healthy eating.

City Health Dashboard / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
See and compare where your city stands on 36 measures that shape health, in order to help find solutions. The site also offers links to proven solutions found in the organization’s County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps / Robert Woods Johnson Foundation & Univ. of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
Interactive data showing Louisiana parish-level rankings in health outcomes and factors, including smoking and obesity rates. A state-level report derived from this information is also available on this site.

Healthy People 2020 / Office of Disease Prevention and Promotion
The science-based, 10-year set of national objectives used to help improve health in the United States. It strives to identify priorities, increase public awareness, provide measurable goals at all levels, engage multiple partners and sectors, and identify research, evaluation and data collection needs.

Louisiana Cancer Data / Louisiana Tumor Registry
Top-ranked statewide cancer registry which compiles information to guide cancer efforts. It collects information on all Louisiana cancer, collecting over 500 data items on 28,000+ cases annually.

Louisiana Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, aka “The State Cancer Plan” (2017-2021) / Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Program (LCP)
A 5-year state cancer plan compiled under the auspices of the Louisiana Comprehensive Cancer Control Program or “Comp Cancer” and which is housed at LCP. This report outlines statewide efforts, partners and goals to help reduce cancer in the state.

Louisiana Health Statistics / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Basic data on Louisiana birth, death, mortality, marriage, etc.

Louisiana Smoking & Tobacco Use Statistics / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Overall look at tobacco use, secondhand smoke exposure, policies, awareness and policies in the state.

Louisiana State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Highlights data on dietary quality, physical activity and obesity.

Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) Program / United States Census Bureau
The only source of data for single-year estimates of health insurance coverage status for all counties in the United States, by selected economic and demographic characteristics.

The State of Obesity / Robert Woods Johnson Foundation & Trust for America’s Health
State-by-state health analysis evaluating a comprehensive set of health, environmental and socioeconomic data to determine national health benchmarks and state rankings.

Tobacco Resources / Well-Ahead, Louisiana Dept. of Health
Educational materials, signs, checklists and more to help reduce tobacco use and aid your organization’s drive to be designated a “WellSpot” by the Louisiana Dept. of Health.

 


Proven Interventions & Solutions

BE Active: Connecting Routes + Destinations / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC recommends using built environment approaches that combine one or more ways to improve transportation systems (activity-friendly routes) with one or more land use and community design interventions (everyday destinations) to increase physical activity. Here they provide real world examples, an implementation resource guide and a visual guide to help communities get that done.

Bicycling & Walking Project Toolkit / American Public Health Association & Transportation for America
APHA published “Partnering with Metropolitan Planning Organizations to Advance Healthy Communities” a 15-page primer describing what metro planning organizations are and how public health works with them.
It should be used in conjunction with Transportation for America’s 150-page guidebook, which includes tips on design, Complete Streets policies and programs, performance measures and more.

The Community Guide / U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services
Evidence-based interventions that help prevent disease and improve health in organizations and communities. Interventions range rang from policy-level changes to small, targeted approaches.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps / Robert Woods Johnson Foundation & Univ. of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
Interactive data showing Louisiana parish-level rankings in health outcomes and factors, including smoking and obesity rates. A state-level report derived from this information is also available on this site. In addition, the site offers proven health solutions on a variety of topics.

National Complete Streets Coalition / Smart Growth America
A “Complete Streets” approach to infrastructure takes into account all modes of transportation (walking, cycling, public transport, driving, etc.), which leads to safer, more fit communities, and sometimes even higher property values. Lake Charles recently adopted this approach and other Louisiana communities are doing so too.

The National Physical Activity Plan
A comprehensive, national assessment of walking and walkability in U.S. communities. Nation graded on nine factors addressing areas such as walking behaviors among adults and children, infrastructure, public transportation, safety, and relevant policies to encourage and enable walking among community members.

What Works for Health / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Evidence-based policies and programs that help improve health, ranging from health behavior and clinical care to strategies that address the physical environment, as well as social and economic factors.



Helpful National, State & Local Organizations

American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANR)
A leader in smokefree policies, ANR creates programs and educational material to educate the public about the health hazards of secondhand smoke and the benefits of smokefree air. It is the only national repository of state and local tobacco-related ordinances and legislation in the country.

American Public Health Association (APHA)
APHA aims to improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health status. APHA publishes the American Journal of Public Health and The Nation’s Health newspaper. They also lead public awareness campaigns with the hope of creating the healthiest nation in one generation.

Bike Easy
An organization working to make cycling in the Greater New Orleans area easy, safe and fun.

Build Healthy Places Network / Public Health Institute
Their Healthcare Playbook can help community developers build the skills to partner with hospitals and healthcare systems; identify cross-sector partners; determine hospital readiness for collaboration; leverage assets for partnership; and create a partnership roadmap.

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
Using strategic communications and policy change campaigns, this organization works to reduce tobacco use in the United States and around the world. In addition to health statistics, it also tallies the economic costs of tobacco use.

Gehl Institute / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Information and tools to help transform city planning and infrastructure to create healthy, accessible public places.

Kaiser Family Foundation
Non-profit that focuses on major health care issues facing the nation, as well as the U.S. role in global policy.

Louisiana Cancer Prevention and Control Programs (LCP)
Funded mainly by the CDC, LCP work focuses on cancers that can be prevented or detected early and cured, specifically breast, cervical/HPV, colorectal and tobacco-related cancers. LCP is home to the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Health Program (LBCHP), which provides no-cost mammograms and Pap tests to Louisiana women who qualify, in addition to other programs, projects and studies. And LCP provides state leadership and resources to LHCC..

Louisiana Dept. of Health (LDH)
The mission of the Louisiana Department of Health is to protect and promote health and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all citizens of the State of Louisiana. They provide direct provision of quality services, the development and stimulation of services of others, and the utilization of available resources in the most effective manner.

Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI)
A leader in smokefree policies, ANR creates programs and educational material to educate the public about the health hazards of secondhand smoke and the benefits of smokefree air. It is the only national repository of state and local tobacco-related ordinances and legislation in the country.

Louisiana Tumor Registry (LTR)
Top-ranked statewide cancer registry which compiles information to guide cancer efforts. It collects information on all Louisiana cancer ca ncer, collecting over 500 data items on 28,000+ cases annually.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH is the nation’s medical research agency, supporting scientific studies that turn discovery into health. NIH provides funding for research, training opportunities, and labs for scientists to conduct research on NIH campuses across the U.S.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The nation’s largest philanthropy devoted to health, supporting research and programs targeting some of the country’s most pressing health issues.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in disease prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services.

Well-Ahead / La. Dept of Health
A place or organization that has implemented voluntary, smart changes to make healthy living easier for all Louisiana residents can be officially designated a “WellSpot.” There are three designations to achieve that status.
 


Low/No-Cost Health Services

GNO Immunization Network
Provides vaccines to children children with insurance that does not cover vaccines,children with Medicaid and LaChip, private insurance supplemented with Medicaid, or children who don’t have insurance in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and St. Charles Parishes.

Louisiana Breast & Cervical Health Program (LBCHP)
Provide no-cost breast and cervical cancer screenings (including mammograms and Pap tests) to Louisiana women who qualify. To see if you qualify and for the location nearest you, go to lbchp.org or call 888-599-1073.
 


Educational Materials/ Infographics

Cancer and Obesity / CDC Vital Signs
Cancer is associated with at least 13 types of cancer.

“Extinguishing The Tobacco Epidemic in Louisiana” / CDC
Get the facts and figures from how many people smoke in Louisiana to how much it costs, along with information to help quit.

“Until Help Arrives” / Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Learn what to do before first responders can provide help. This site features an animated, interactive video, a web-based training program and a downloadable instructor guide and tools to provide in-person training – all to help communities be prepared for disaster.
 

Stories (News & Inspiration)

“American Adults Just Keeping Getting Fatter”/New York Times, 3/23/18

“How To Prepare Your Community for a Disaster” / New York Times, 2/15/18

“Obesity Shaved Almost a Year Off U.S. Life Expectancy, Study Says” / TIME, 1/15/18

“The Habit That’s Costing You More Than $1 Million” / TIME, 6/22/16

“Vicksburg, MS: 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner” / Video

 


Clinical Trials

CenterWatch
Access the largest online database of industry-sponsored global clinical trials actively seeking study volunteers ranging from specific cancer trials, obesity and weight loss trials, etc.

ClinicalTrials.gov
ClinicalTrials.gov is a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world. This resource is provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. 

Emergingmed.com
With the aim of accelerating the discovery of new and better treatments, they provide services for patients that raise awareness and facilitate access to clinical trials.

GUMDROP / Genito-Urinary Cancer

 


  

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smoking and heart disease

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smoking and heart disease

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Source: https://stateofobesity.org/adult-obesity

 

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