Annual Program Report 2004 - American International Health Alliance

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Annual Program Report 2004 - American International Health Alliance

HEALTHY

COMMUNITIES

“Resources are

limited, but

our creativity

is unlimited.”

– Tashkent,

Uzbek meeting participant

Since its inception, AIHA has encouraged and supported community-based

approaches to addressing priority health problems. In 1996, with USAID

funding, AIHA adapted and began employing the healthy communities

model, which defines health broadly as not merely the absence of disease

but the well-being of the population as a whole. The model, related to the

World Health Organization’s Healthy Cities movement, is based on engaging

citizens and public and private entities in promoting healthy behaviors

and improving quality of life. AIHA has established six healthy communities

partnerships to date, two of which were active in 2004 in Hungary.

More recently AIHA integrated the healthy communities model into the

Community Leadership Development Program (CLDP) which, with funding

from the Library of Congress’ Open World Leadership Center, has

brought civic and healthcare leaders from more than 40 communities in

Russia and Uzbekistan to the United States. Participants are hosted within

US communities and gain knowledge and skills to better enable them to

mobilize their own communities to address priority health and social issues.

Promoting Healthy Communities in Hungary

Two healthy communities partnerships in Hungary graduated in 2004. The

Pécs/Harrisburg partnership brought together business and arts leaders to

encourage their involvement in promoting women’s health through arts and

cultural programs in the 23 member

communities of the Hungarian

Association of Healthy Cities. The

Gyo″r/Pittsburgh partnership conducted

an adolescent pregnancy prevention

campaign in February targeting girls

between the ages of 14–18 at schools

and gathering places for youth. The

campaign concluded with a disco and

discussion attended by 90 teens and

supported by $15,000 in donated media

time. A women’s health and information

resource center, “For Women’s

Health,” was opened in Gyo″r in March

Partners work to prevent chronic diseases by

educating the public at health fairs and other

outreach events.

Photo: Courtesy of Laura Faulconer

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