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Fit NOLA Partnership

Project ID: 548

CIC Case Study: Promising Practices supporting Community Health Assessment

CIC Member?:
Active Project?:
Year Project Began:
Year of Latest Report:
Last Update: 08/01/13
Project LocationNew Orleans
Lead OrganizationNew Orleans Health Department
Type of OrganizationGovernment - Local

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Geographic Scope (The level of geography at which the indicator data is collected):

Issue Areas:

stakeholder engagement, Social determinants

Project Description

New Orleans is a Let's Move! City, part of First Lady Michelle Obama's childhood obesity reduction initiative. The City of New Orleans Health Department is leading an effort designed to shape a shared vision for our own city as it addresses obesity, one of its major public health challenges. In 2018, New Orleans will celebrate its 300th anniversary by becoming a top ten fittest city in the United States. To achieve this goal, New Orleanians will all need to contribute. Businesses, schools, health care and government will need to commit to healthier food and physical activity choices where we all live, learn, work and play. And every New Orleanian will need to commit to being more nutritionally and physically fit. City worked in collaboration with over 100 stakeholders from a diverse set of organizations, public and private. Our partners range from Fortune 500 companies to neighborhood groups all devoted to addressing this critical, yet winnable public health challenge.

Practices Relevant to Community Health Assessment

Promising Practices (definitions):

  • Stakeholder Engagement
    Blueprint for Action: A promising practice for broad stakeholder engagement is evidenced by this award-winning partnership. The Blueprint offers a multi-sector approach to improving fitness, employing a social-ecologic model for achieving policy and systems changes.

Over 100 partners.

Social Determinants:
Does project address Social Determinants of Health? Yes

Health Connection

Local Health Department(s) involvement? Leading

What framework does this project use if any? he Fit NOLA Partnership adopted the Institute of Medicine’s Social-Ecological Model as a comprehensive framework to consider the causes, consequences and solutions related to obesity and fitness. A powerful aspect of this model is that it encourages communities to engage all sectors to address obesity, nutrition and physical fitness.

Awards and Recognitions: The City of New Orleans is one of six inaugural winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Roadmaps to Health Prize. The prize honors outstanding community partnerships across the United States which are helping residents live healthier lives.


Community Indicators – Performance Measures Integration

Does this project have Community Indicators?: Yes

Does this project have Performance Measures?: No

Has this project integrated Community Indicators and Performance Measures?: No

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