Recent Achievements

Collaborating for Health

In 2011, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) released a 5-year public health agenda, known as Healthy Chicago, to make the city a healthier and safer place to live, work, and play. By 2016, the city had made significant progress toward the Healthy Chicago goals, and had developed its current plan to sustain that progress. Chicago used model policies in ChangeLab Solutions’ Health in All Policies toolkit to develop the new plan, Healthy Chicago 2.0. Read more...

Parents Push for Healthy Food

Parents across LA County noticed different stores’ checkout aisles were stocked with junk food and soda. They spearheaded a healthy checkout effort with support from Choose Health LA Kids, a program run by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The agency and its partners presented to more than one hundred parents on the data and policies outlined in ChangeLab Solutions’ report, Marketing Matters. After learning about unhealthy marketing practices and their effects on children, the parents decided to pursue a strategy described in the report. Read more...

Planning for Health

Santa Clara County, California, is one of the most affluent communities in the country, yet health inequities persist among the county’s 2 million residents. The county's Board of Supervisors recommended adding a health element to Santa Clara’s general plan, a policy roadmap that guides how the county grows and develops. Working with Raimi + Associates and ChangeLab Solutions, the Santa Clara County Planning Commission engaged in a robust dialogue about the needs of the community and goals of the document. The Board adopted the health element, making it an official part of the general plan. Read more...

Congregations Embrace Excercise

Virginia Adams, a registered nurse at First Missionary Baptist Church, works with congregants and community members to improve their spiritual, mental, and physical health. But many people she works with can’t find safe spaces to exercise. Using our fact sheet, Congregation to Community, staff from the local health authority worked with First Missionary Baptist and 6 other churches to develop open use policies, which allow people to use church recreational facilities. Read more...

A Place to Play: Sharing School Space
Jennifer Mendoza remembers when schools in Lemon Grove, California, allowed the public to use their fields and playgrounds. Over time, she watched in frustration as fences went up around these valuable recreational spaces.  “I live across the street from a school, and I used to be able send my kids to the playground to play and run around. But in the last 15 years, school grounds have been closed off,” said Mendoza, a city councilmember and former planning commissioner. Read more...
Keeping E-Cigs in Check

In 2014, significantly more 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in Clark County, Washington, were using electronic smoking devices than smoking cigarettes. In fact, many of them had never picked up a cigarette. Local business owners noticed more customers of all ages using e-cigarettes in places where state law prohibits smoking. Business owners wanted to keep their shops and restaurants free of aerosol but they didn’t want to offend patrons or hurt business. Read more...

Improving Government to Improve Health

In 2008, a staggering 63 percent of African-American children living in Summit County, Ohio, were obese or overweight – at a time when the county average was 39 percent and the national rate was 27 percent. Low-income residents were struggling with chronic disease: seventeen percent of adults living at or below the poverty level had diabetes. By the late 2000s, advocates, doctors, and government staff had taken note and they began to analyze how policies affected community health. Read more...

Policies for Parks

In urban South Los Angeles, some neighborhoods have less than an acre of park space for every thousand residents — far below the national standard for what’s considered adequate for a healthy active lifestyle. Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust (LANLT) decided to take steps to develop a much-needed park at the intersection of two major thoroughfares, where the community had been struggling to maintain a city-owned traffic island. ChangeLab Solutions helped LANLT support and expand community efforts with a variety of tools for healthy planning. Read more...

Making the Active Choice Easier for Tongan Americans

When the Salt Lake City-based National Tongan American Society (NTAS) decided to enable and encourage physical activity by making private and public playgrounds, gyms, and facilities available for community use, they reached out to ChangeLab Solutions. We  helped NTAS identify churches and schools as potential partners in this effort, as both institutions have facilities that aren’t in continual use. The result: six churches, five schools, and one community center who opened up their facilities for public use. Read more...

Curbing Youth Smoking

Concerned physicians in Sonoma County, CA have been spearheading the effort to curb tobacco use in their community since the 1990s. With the support of a local mayor and councilmember, reducing youth access to tobacco products became a priority in the city of Healdsburg. Working with advocates, the department of health, and ChangeLab Solutions, the city customized and and approved the first tobacco retailer license in Sonoma County. Read more...

Photo credit: Clay Gilliland

Landmark Healthy Corner Store Policy

Residents of Baldwin Park, CA, have strived for years to make good food easily accessible in their city by mobilizing to analyze local food systems, assess residents’ eating preferences and patterns, and develop potential solutions. The policy has since evolved into its adopted form, which incorporates several policy elements recommended by ChangeLab Solutions. On August 20, 2014, the city council unanimously adopted the Baldwin Park Healthy Corner Store Policy.  Read more...

Safe Routes to School Policy Built with Online Tool

The school district of the small, rural town of Winton, California wanted to find a way to help kids from its three elementary schools and one middle school walk or bike to school. Although only a mile or two apart, a lack of sidewalks and other infrastructure meant most kids were driven by car or bus to the schools. Stephanie Nathan, supervising health educator for the Merced County Department of Public Health, used ChangeLab Solutions' interactive Safe Routes to School District Policy Workbook, to help her build a customized Safe Routes to School policy. Read more...