Healthy Lifestyle in Residential Communities Project

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Howard County, Md., MD

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About the Program

Category: Health (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

The Healthy Lifestyle in Residential Communities Project was part of the Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition (HCLHIC)’s new effort to strengthen community partnerships using a place-based approach with targeted outreach and education in identified residential communities to address diabetes and improve health equity in Howard County. Eight residential communities were selected for this new pilot project based on data review and prioritization of low-income residents and those facing barriers to healthcare. Project implementation occurred between June and December 2022 and engaged residents from youths to seniors of various races and ethnicities representing Howard County’s diverse communities. Through collaboration with HCLHIC partners and Howard County Government agencies, free on-site sessions and events were held to promote physical activity, healthy eating, and connection to community resources. This project engaged twelve diverse community partners; four partners provided recurring fitness and nutrition sessions at specific sites and reached a total of 343 residents. Larger health fairs were offered at each site and reached a total of 585 residents. Most (92.5%) of the participants reported enjoying the activities “a lot.” This project was successful in strengthening partnerships and building trust among residents. It serves as a model for future place-based community outreach efforts.

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