Across the country, people are organizing to create healthier communities. We've gathered some of the inspiring and innovative ways that people are working together prevent tobacco use, reduce obesity, and fight diabetes. On this page, you can find some amazing projects that demonstrate innovative ways to use media, community organizing, and stories for public health.
I. General Community Organizing and Advocacy Resources:
The Prevention Institute serves as a focal point for primary prevention practice—promoting policies, organizational practices, and collaborative efforts that improve health and quality of life.
The Praxis Project is a national, nonprofit organization that builds partnerships with local groups to influence policymaking to address the underlying, systemic causes of community problems. Committed to closing the health gap facing communities of color, we forge alliances for building healthy communities.
Tools: power analysis tool, tips on base building, building diverse community-based coalitions, policy development tools and examples, strategic communications and messaging
Poder: People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights is a grassroots, environmental justice organization based in San Francisco’s Mission District. PODER believes that the solutions to community problems depend on the active participation of all people in decision-making processes. Improvements to our neighborhood must be made through collective social action to bring about social, economic and environmental justice.
Tools: information/documentation of community-based campaigns
Midwest Academy is a leading national training institute for progressive movements and social change Work. The Academy advances the movements for social change by teaching a strategic, rigorous, results-oriented approach to social action and organization building.
Tools: Midwest Academy Strategy Chart
Participatory mapping and storytelling
Prevention Speak empowers professionals and communities to articulate the power of prevention and take action to win health improvements in their lives.
Snackin' Fresh Mapping Project offers fun, interactive nutrition education lessons and school-wide activities teach students about healthy snacking choices.
The Media Mobilizing Project (MMP) exists to build a community media infrastructure for the growing movement to end poverty. Through the powerful combination of communications and organizing, we clarify the issues at stake and inspire and unite those who have a vested interest in change.
Mobile Voices (VozMob) is a platform for immigrant and/or low-wage workers in Los Angeles to create stories about their lives and communities directly from cell phones. VozMob appropriates technology to create power in our communities and achieve greater participation in the digital public sphere.