MURP Students, Faculty Working with Jefferson County on Healthy Eating and Active Living Initiative

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September 7, 2015

Denver, CO – MURP students Cayla Cothorn, Max Lubarsky, Evan Rosenlieb, and MURP Lecturer Eric Ross participated in a Jefferson County Community Health Improvement Network Meeting on August 25, 2015. The MURP team is currently working with the Jefferson County Public Health to implement geographic information system (GIS) in support of a Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) initiative. As part of that effort the group was invited to join a network of organizations, businesses, and community members interested in aligning efforts to increase the health of our community by improving access to healthy food and opportunities for active living among low-income families with children ages 0-18. The Jefferson County Community Health Improvement Network aims to create system- and policy-level changes that would make healthy choices easier for Jefferson County children and families. The Network is made up of five coalitions, called Coalitions Integrated in the Network, or CoINs. These CoINs include:

•       Active Living Policy Team
•       Jefferson County Food Policy Council
•       Healthy Beverage Working Group
•       School and Worksite Wellness Coalition
•       Health in Early Childhood Collaborative

The MURP team conducted research, collected data, and produced maps for each of these CoIN coalitions to discuss, and were on hand at the August 25th meeting to talk about the GIS process and implications on planning for healthy communities.  This work, along with several other pieces of research, will be presented in detail to the Active Living Policy Team and Jefferson County Food Policy Council sometime in October or November, and will help guide their work over the next 2-3 years.