Partnering in and for Heart Health Promotion: Findings from a Survey of Community Organizations
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This paper presents the results of a survey conducted with representatives (n = 283) of community health agencies linked to heart health activity in Ontario in order to: 1) describe their levels of involvement in heart health promotion, 2) describe the nature and extent of partnering undertaken in the context of community-based heart health promotion, and 3) assess the extent to which community development approaches vis-à-vis partnering are being employed in Ontario heart health promotion. The survey included a series of questions regarding level of agency involvement in heart health promotion activities organized around four areas: tobacco, nutrition, physical activity and general heart health. Respondents were also asked to report the nature and extent of partnering that took place. Results indicate that levels of involvement varied significantly across activity area and by organization, although every agency type reported some level of involvement in each of the four activity areas. Overall, agencies surveyed continue to employ traditional settings (i.e., schools and community) as well as strategies (i.e., public education) but report a substantial amount of partnering and collaboration when undertaking community-based heart health promotion activities.
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