An app that maps communities’ physical activity assets and barriers
ISPAH ePoster Library. Veasey P. Oct 15, 2018; 225313; 166
Mr. Phil Veasey
Mr. Phil Veasey
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Addressing the risk factor of physical inactivity can help curb the non-communicable disease (NCD) epidemic. CHESS™ (Community Health Engagement Survey Solutions) is an innovative process to shift decision-making to local communities, while also reducing inequalities in the broader determinants of health. Emerging from research in India, China, Mexico and the United States, CHESS has been implemented in eight London boroughs and two United Kingdom communities. MethodsCHESS engages communities in a data-driven investigation about health and the built environment. Using the CHESS application, community members collect and interpret quantitative data on local assets and barriers that are conducive to physical activity (or not!). Personal stories provide vital context about social, economic and health inequalities. These quantitative and qualitative results inform evidence-based recommendations, guided by public health expertise, for interventions that make it easier to be healthy. The community presents their recommendations to local decision-makers in a compelling argument for change. CHESS leverages social capital and mobile technology to address physical inactivity and equity issues, to make the healthy option the easy option for all.ResultsThanks to evidence collected by CHESS, communities have been awarded over £2 million to improve physical activity opportunities in their neighbourhoods. An East London project led to two new playgrounds co-designed with local parents. And, outcomes from a recently completed project in Scotland and England (which engaged over 5,000 people) included improving access to physical activity options through sport sessions, dance sessions, community clean-ups of multi-use game areas, and indoor and outdoor activity sessions.
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