Tweetchats are an excellent way to hold a virtual conversation and share resources about a specific topic. Salud America! and their Growing Healthy Change project recently hosted the #GrowingHealthyChange Marketing & Latino Kids tweetchat. Those tweets were gathered into an easily readable Storify.
At Community Commons, we’ve taken some of the comments and resources mentioned in those tweets and matched them with our tools, maps, and features so that you can take this information and turn it into real change for youth in your community.
Tweetchats are organized into questions. Q1 means Question 1 and A1 indicates an answer to Q1. We won’t look at every question in this article, but will hit the highlights and show you how to explore more.
When the information from reports is paired with visual data such as the maps below, it illustrates to policy makers where programs and policy change can make a real difference. Any map or report made on Community Commons can be saved, shared, and downloaded for inclusion in a report or presentation.
The following three maps illustrate that locations where high numbers of Latino youth reside are also areas where soda consumption is high and fast food restaurants are easily accessible. Click on any map to zoom to your area.
Learn from the expertise of others by reading our Guest Voice features.
- Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest stated that food marketing to kids must stop and outlined policy standards that would improve the situation.
- Meliah Schultzman and Rio Holaday of ChangeLab Solutions wrote about improving the retail environment when a California Department of Public Health survey revealed that alcohol is more widely available than milk or fresh produce.
Community solutions have a good chance of success when policy is created and championed at the local level. Community Health Needs Assessment reports are an easy way to identify the assets and disparities in your area and compare counties within the same region.
Here we look at the Modified Retail Food Environment Index (MRFEI) for three counties in southwest Texas. The MRFEI measures the proportion of food retailers that sell healthy foods compared to retailers that sell unhealthy food. The visual graphics and data from reports like this can be downloaded and saved for your own reports and presentations.
When it comes to working for policy change, finding your community advocates is crucial.
- Aliya Hussaini from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation introduces us to one such organizer and his rules of engagement in her Guest Voice Community Leaders are Everywhere.
- Prevention Institutes’ Linda Shak and Lily Swartz tell us how local leaders and elected officials can become your biggest allies in Cultivating Prevention Champions. Their Guest Voice offers insights, resources, and a toolkit for working with decision-makers.
Community Commons is proud to be the home of the website Salud America! Growing Health Change. The site is a dynamic resource that continually adds new information, videos, and training opportunities.
Ready to get started #GrowingHealthyChange? Read the entire Storify to see all of the resources mentioned. Join Community Commons so that you can connect with thought leaders, share stories and strategies, and use our tools and technology to make lasting change. Visit the Salud America! Growing Health Change site to look more closely at the health of Latino children.