Wheeling Walks Training Manual

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What is Community Health Participatory Planning?

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COMMUNITY HEALTH PARTICIPATORY PLANNING
WHAT IS IT?


Community Health Participatory Planning (CHPP) is a 12-week planning process for community health interventions. The process is predicated on the concept of participants’ not just reading about or being lectured to about living a healthy lifestyle but actually experiencing what is involved and, at the same time, addressing the health needs of one’s own community environment. Personal involvement is a key concept of participatory planning as a model for community change.

The CHPP process is structured so that participants focus on the community while also addressing their own personal risk factor reduction (for example, a person struggling with a sedentary lifestyle, a heart condition, or diabetes). Participants are encouraged to identify and work through barriers to living a healthy lifestyle. This is accomplished by looking at personal habits and also societal and environmental influences. As a result, planning for both personal and community change are informed by individual efforts toward health behavior change.

To get close and personal, think about:

• how the ability to select healthy foods for yourself, your children, or others in the community may be influenced at the grocery store check-out counter where candy, gum, and other tasty treats are always shelved. There are no apples and other fruits so conveniently located for a quick snack.

• how one’s ability to be physically active in the evening may be influenced by well-lit or dark sidewalks (if there are even sidewalks!).

• whether there is enough non-smoking seating available in local restaurants so you can avoid being exposed to others’ smoke?

When pursued in conjunction with others in the community, individual efforts to change behavior and be healthier can cause eye opening “ah hah” experiences. These “ah hahs” can move individuals as well as a group of people to deeper thought and eventually to productive problem solving.

YOUR FIRST LEARNING TASK:
Review the three CHPP examples in Appendix A. Questions about their contents are incorporated in subsequent exercises.

 

Exercise: Think of the community in which you live or a specific community in which you work. Write down the community’s name.

Community _________________________________

List four important lifestyle-related issues for members of the community. (For example, adolescent pregnancy rate is high, binge drinking is prevalent.)

1. __________________________________________________________________

2. __________________________________________________________________

3. __________________________________________________________________

4. __________________________________________________________________

Now, what are some barriers that you suspect might be related to healthy living? (For example, there are few organized fun activities for adolescents, alcoholism is viewed by the community as a family problem.)

1. __________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________

2. __________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________

3. __________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________

4. __________________________________________________________________
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