Summary of Report of Proceedings - Community Action Planning Workshop

The January 18 2011 Workshop included those organizations and individuals, who have been leaders in addressing the top two priorities identified in earlier meetings - development of walkable and bikeable communities, and access to healthy food choices, to develop an approach to better coordinating the activities of HWHTA and exchange knowledge.  The group put forward and discussed numerous ideas, and the technologies/resources required for implementation. They narrowed the list and then voted on the options.

Results

After the results of the vote were tabulated, the group was asked if they generally agreed, and they did. During the vote it was clear which tactics were favoured by the group:

  1. Database of whose doing what in Halton related to the top two priorities. Suggestions that it be developed and maintained by HRHD, and that members be responsible for keeping information related to their organization up to date. a. Lynn Roblin and Michelle Knoll volunteered to support the implementation of this tactic.
  2. Webinars on the latest research, trends, and program related to the top two priorities. Suggested that it be on an as needed basis, and webinar topics determined by trends in the research, and or polled interests of the group.
    • Terry Alyman volunteered to host a webinar, suggested topic- transportation master plan re: walkable/bikeable communities in Halton Hills.
  3. An aggregator (person or website) to receive and “filter through” or consolidate mass amounts of information circulated about projects, news, research etc. and then deliver it by email on a monthly basis in an easy to use format. Group agreed that for this to be effective everyone would be responsible for sending information they have to one person/tool on a minimum monthly basis, to ensure the content in the monthly newsletter is current and relevant. HRHD to lead.
    • Helen Ross volunteered for HRHD to take the lead on this tactic.
  4. Bidirectional (i.e. people can respond or redirect comments), open-source, opt-in listserv for practitioners; previous messages to be archived on a searchable website so that the emails can be deleted, but the content available for later use.
    • Lynn Roblin volunteered to assist with implementation of this listserv.

Next Steps

The project plan for ‘ensuring community coordination of HWHTA’ is being completed. The group discussed that in six months there should be a tangible output, e.g. a webinar, or listserv that is providing information to support decision-making by practitioners; and in 12 months there should be a presence, buy-in from practitioners and organizations in Halton with a vested interest in obesity prevention. In the long-term the group would like to share their work and collaborative approaches with other communities in Canada through conference presentations, and national webinars.