Leadership for Community Health Improvement

Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities, in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI), announced today plans to host community leaders from throughout the Midwest with an interactive three-day workshop, “Leadership for Community Health Improvement.” The goal of the program is to share best practices in community health innovation to bring about improvement initiatives to improve the health and wellness of local communities. The workshop is scheduled for June 15 – 17, 2016 in Decorah, Iowa.


The workshop will focus on changing the conditions in communities in five key strategy areas: food systems development, increasing opportunities for active daily living, school intervention policies, working with early childhood centers, and youth leadership.


“We are excited to bring regional leaders together to collaborate and build a culture of health at the community level,” said Dr. Jon Jensen, director of the Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities. “We can accelerate improvements in health by developing and implementing action plans for residents to gain easier access to healthy choices.”


Telligen Community Initiative (TCI), the private charitable foundation of Telligen, Inc., awarded a $50,000 grant to provide funding for the “Leadership for Community Health Improvement” workshop, which includes mini-grants of up to $1,000 per community available to workshop participants.


“Being a small part of helping to package the learnings from the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness experience so others can learn and replicate is an exciting project to support,” said Matt McGarvey, executive director of Telligen Community Initiative. “Communities working together to find solutions to health challenges creates opportunities for long-term change to a community’s well-being.”


Workshop participants will participate in skills development activities, complete an action plan for an individual community project, and required to join the learning community after the workshop.


For more information about the “Leadership for Community Health Improvement” workshop, including instructions on how to apply for this opportunity, please visit http://www.luther.edu/sustainability/outreach/community-health-improvement/

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