Community engagement and networks: Leveraging partnerships to improve lifestyle

Juliette Cutts, Mary Virginia Maxwell, Robert F. Kushner, Jeffrey I. Mechanick*

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Community engagement represents a critical tool for the successful implementation of lifestyle medicine. This modality consists of a philosophical framework using various social models, an evidence base from specific research methodologies (e.g., community-based participatory research), creation of community relationships, partnerships, and networks, and implementation strategies that take into account particular enablers and barriers to success. A successful example is detailed and it describes a patient-centered home and childhood fitness program in Yakima, WA. An evidence base is also provided summarizing key studies on community engagement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLifestyle Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationA Manual for Clinical Practice
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783319246871
ISBN (Print)9783319246857
StatePublished - Mar 18 2016


  • Chronic disease
  • Community engagement
  • Community organization
  • Community partnership
  • Lifestyle medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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