What happens when a high-need community can't effectively absorb all the aid that flows in? Aliya Hussaini looks at how one organization has helped Austin's Dove Springs community get a handle on all the various programs at work in its schools, playgrounds and neighborhoods.
In community-based public health work, the best laid plans, of course, are just that – plans. They don’t always pan out. Dr. Aliya Hussaini on what our work in Austin's Dove Springs has taught us about pragmatism, flexibility and strong project management.
Kurt Cadena-Mitchell is committed to working himself out of a job. Why? Because a long-term shift in health outcomes for the children living in Austin's Dove Springs neighborhood depends on developing a cadre of community leaders who can do it better.
Effective childhood obesity prevention programs take root when local leaders embrace evidence-based best practices. Aliya Hussaini on what our work in Austin's Dove Springs neighborhood has taught us about establishing trust in high-need, high-advocacy neighborhoods.
A new cut of national data shows that, in spite of reports to the contrary, childhood obesity rates haven't declined. Where does that leave us now? We believe it reinforces the case for place-based health strategies that pair evidenced-based strategies and community health priorities.
In my last post, I talked about the fact that public health efforts driven by community members themselves are the most likely to take root and succeed over the long-term. In this post, I’ll look at how we decided that Dove Springs, a community in the foundation's own backyard, emerged as the front runner for us to refine and implement our place-based strategy.