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Evaluation Findings on Community Participation in the California Healthy Cities and Communities Program

2009 | Download

As part of an evaluation of the California Healthy Cities and Communities (CHCC) program, the authors of this article examined resident involvement, broad representation and civic engagement beyond the local CHCC initiative. Findings suggest that the Healthy Cities and Communities model can be successful in facilitating community participation.

Over a 3-year period, grantees developed a broad-based coalition of residents and community sectors, produced a shared vision, conducted an asset-based community assessment, identi?ed a priority community improvement focus, developed an action plan, implemented the plan and evaluated their efforts. Local residents were engaged through coalition membership, assessment activi-ties and implementation activities.

Ten of the 20 coalitions had memberships comprised of mainly local residents in the planning phase, with 5 maintaining a high level of resident involvement in governance during the implementation phase. Ninety percent of the coalitions had six or more community sectors represented (e.g. education, faith). The majority of coalitions described at least one example of increased input into local government decision-making and at least one instance in which a resident became more actively involved in the life of their community.

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