|Salud! Salinas Steps to Health|
The Steps to a HealthierUS five-year cooperative agreement program aims to help Americans live longer, better, and healthier lives by reducing the burden of diabetes, overweight, obesity, and asthma and addressing three related risk factors—physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use.
For FY 2003, this U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) program allocated $13.6 million to fund 23 communities, including the city of Salinas in Monterey County, California, to implement community action plans to reduce health disparities and promote quality health care and prevention services.
City of Salinas in Monterey County, California, (population 415,800); federally classified Health Professional Shortage and Medically Underserved Area.
Target Population for Steps Interventions
Elementary, middle, and high school students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and school boards; low-income Latino and white children and adults; agricultural employers; fast-food restaurant customers, focusing on children; adults > 60 years (especially Latino seniors), and adults and children who speak both Spanish and English.
All programs will involve input from community residents and be guided by evidence-based and cost- effective strategies tailored to the health literacy, linguistic, and cultural needs of Latinos and other groups in the community.
HHS will provide training and technical assistance to help each Steps community develop measurable program objectives and specific indicators of progress and use relevant data to support ongoing program improvement. HHS also will conduct a national evaluation of the overall program. Existing data sources, such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, will be used to identify and measure program outcomes and assess progress toward program goals.
American Lung Association, Central Coast Alliance for Health, Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas, Monterey County Area Agency on Aging, Monterey County Office of Education, Monterey County Health Consortium, Natividad Medical Center, California State University Monterey Bay, Regional Diabetes Collaborative of the Central Coast, Nutrition and Fitness Coalition of the Central Coast, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Monterey County, Salinas Ministerial Association, Agricultural Growers and Shippers, Spanish Television Media, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Tellus/Diganos Center for Community Research, Monterey County Ministerial Association, Monterey County Insurance Group, and Agriculture Growers/Shippers Association.
Salinas Steps contact
Note: Steps communities have until May 2004 to finalize their community action plans. Proposed interventions may change accordingly.
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