- Principal Investigator: David Mendez
- Co-Investigator: Katherine Alaimo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Project Dates: 2003-2008
- Funding: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Website: http://www.mihealthtools.org/Communities/
The Prevention Research Center (PRC), the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness/Michigan Fitness Foundation (GC/MFF) proposed to improve, expand, and evaluate a Michigan internet-based tool that assessed communities’ policy and environmental amenability to physical activity and encouraged positive change processes to promote physical activity.
The specific aims of the three-year project were:
- To improve the MI Promoting Active Communities (PAC) environmental and policy internet-based assessment tool based on information obtained from focus groups of users, expert panel opinions, and theoretical models of the relationship between policy and environmental conditions and physical activity
- To adapt the tool for use in promoting and assessing physical activity environmental changes at the neighborhood level
- To evaluate how well use of the tool assesses and facilitates the promotion of policy and environmental conditions associated with promoting physical activity at the community level
- To further improve the tool based on results of this study
- To create processes that expand use of the tool for state-wide surveillance and for dissemination to other states and communities
The long-term objective was to develop the tool to be used state-wide and nationally for community-level environmental and policy assessment and surveillance and to facilitate community change to increase physical activity.