Communities of Excellence
The Communities of Excellence project takes an in-depth, on-the-ground look at select low-income neighborhoods in Imperial County to measure the nutrition environment and identify opportunities for improvement. This project examines communities in relation to a variety of obesity prevention benchmarks. These benchmarks, or standards of excellence, define what a community should look like in order to help prevent the devastating chronic diseases related to overweight and obesity for its residents.
The project’s goal is to gain a realistic picture of the health of the community/neighborhood and offer residents, merchants, decision makers and local neighborhood and health groups a focal point as they work to build a healthier community.
CX uses a specific list of measures called indicators and assets for assessing needs and strengths in a community. Indicators focus on tobacco-related environmental or community level dimensions of population-based health. Assets look at positive community factors or resources that help promote, support, and sustain local tobacco control efforts. In addition to analyzing indicators and assets, Imperial County will conduct a Social Disparities assessment. This assessment looks at how tobacco use impacts priority populations in a community. The Imperial County Tobacco Education Project will provide instructions, worksheets, and data to help with the completion of the needs assessment.