Measuring the Impact of Community Health Interventions
Detailed evaluations are now in on 26 of the more than 40 Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) community collaboratives that Kaiser Permanente supported in 2011, and the findings have a lot to say about the progress achieved and the work remaining. For one thing, the evaluation team reports that the hundreds of health interventions and of community change strategies in the HEAL communities will have touched more than a half million lives when fully implemented.
Measuring the Impact of HEAL Collaboratives' Community Interventions
Kaiser Permanente’s place-based HEAL efforts originated in 2006 in the Colorado Region with just three collaborative partnerships between Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit program and local public and nonprofit organizations working to improve the health of their communities, focusing especially on obesity prevention. Today, major efforts go into measuring and evaluating the impacts those interventions have in order to fine-tune the initiatives and produce better health outcomes.
Findings from the 2011 evaluations include the following: