GHC Recognition Level Application

This is the application for your community to receive a Growing Healthy Community Recognition Level.

Communities like yours have set out to get healthier—economically, policy-wise, nutritionally and physically. In each Growing Healthy Community, there is an organized, multidisciplinary team working actively to drive health forward.

Applications are awarded on a monthly basis to communities (neighborhoods, schools, businesses), cities, and counties. Awards will state the year and recognition level of award. In order to retain Growing Healthy Community recognition status, communities must complete and submit the application by November of each calendar year.

 


GHC Recognition Level

Emerging Communities

Communities who receive the “Emerging” designation, are laying a strong foundation with a team of at least five individuals. GHC teams are made up of diverse stakeholders who are interested in creating healthier communities: elected officials, fundraisers, community volunteers and professionals in education, health-care, civic government and more.

Blossoming Communities

Communities that receive the “Blossoming” designation build upon the requirements of Emerging Communities and also provide a checklist community highlights, strategize plans for change, document successes and lessons learned, develop a strategic action plan that will help your community address concerns related to increasing access to healthy foods & physical activity. Strategic plans guide the direction community members take towards a clear, unified vision forward. Even better: ArCOP provides tools & guidance to assist communities with such planning! Documenting and publicizing success stories can rally community members and help them see that positive change is within reach! Publicizing projects helps increase success through maximized community use and/or participation. Discussing and tracking lessons learned can help community teams make improvements even faster by identifying what went well and what can be improved.

Thriving Communities

Communities that receive the “Thriving” designation build upon the requirements of Blossoming Communities and also demonstrate change through data and demonstrate environment, system and policy level change. ArCOP’s goal of a healthier Arkansas starts with individual communities. Providing data and demonstrating how your community’s efforts make positive change helps Arkansas measure statewide improvement. A community’s ability to make lasting change to both the environment and public policies is a sign of success and sustainability.

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About Your Community

How would you like your community name in print?
Provide a 2-3 sentences, that we can publicize, telling us about your great community.
Upload any community images you would like publicized.
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If there is not a Mayor in your city, please list a City Elected Official.

GHC Team Member Contact Information

To receive Growing Healthy Community recognition, a community must have a team of at least five members.  Please provide the following information for five team members. 

Main Contact - Member #1

Member #2

Member #3

Member #4

Member #5

List Any Additional Members


Community Highlights

Activities
Select all activities that apply.
List any other activities that are not listed:

Healthy Active Arkansas (HAA)

HAA Priorities
In the past 12 months, which of the following priority areas from the HAA plan have you addressed? Select all that apply.

Stakeholders

Stakeholders
Who were key stakeholders implementing your plan? Select all that apply.
Other

Share Your Communities Success

Share one or more success stories from your team's efforts this year.
Marketing
Please share how you publicized the success. Select all that apply.
Other
Share one or more lessons learned from your team's efforts this year.

Policy Change

Share one or more examples of policy changes your community has made i.e. worksite wellness policy, complete streets policy, nutrition policy. If you have not made any changes yet please state "Not at this time."

Environment Change

Share one or more examples of changes your community has made to the physical environment i.e. sidewalks, bike lanes, signs and/or places encouraging active living or healthy eating, etc. If you have not made any changes yet please state "Not at this time."

System Change

Share one or more examples of system changes your community has made i.e. city ordinance, worksite functions/work flow, nutritional standards, etc. If you have not made any changes yet please state "Not at this time."