Case Studies

2014 Case Studies [PDF: 2014 Case Studies]

IMG_1397#1: CPC  Community Health: Costilla County

Partners
CPC Community Health, Costilla County Public Health Agency

Objective
On the heels of a successful partnership to promote community walking with Tri-County Health, CPC decided to invest in two rural communities [Spanish Peaks and Costilla County] supported through their Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions [CHHS] Program. CHHS aims to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease and diabetes using outreach to individuals in their communities.

Program
Using Walk2Connect’s Walking ARTS program, Community Program Director Rachel Hultin met with the San Luis-based Community Health Worker [CHW] and a coalition of health professionals and community leaders to assess the organizational capacity, readiness, and cultural/built environment barriers in order to develop a combined worksite wellness/community walking program.

Rachel trained six community leaders as walking trip leaders for walkers of all abilities including: Gentle, Conversational and Fitness Walking. The training focused on supporting the social connections between participants while providing a safe walking route.

Outcome
Walk2Connect prepared a Walking ARTS Report with customized, specific and actionable recommendations for community health leaders to initiate and sustain a successful community walking program.

On October 24, Jonathon and Rachel returned to San Luis to lead a 60 Minute Ramble and a 45 minute Family Scavenger Hunt as a kick-off of “Costilla County WALKS!”. The walking program is ongoing and incubating from within the county health facility through the winter until Walk2Connect returns in Spring 2015 to grow the worksite wellness program to a community-based walking program.

Weekly walks began the first week of January 2015. Participation ranges from 8 to 15 walkers, 30% of whom are high risk for chronic disease and have not previously engaged in exercise regimes.

2014 Go Golden 2 (1)#2: City of Golden: Go Golden! and Golden Walks

Partners
City of Golden, City Councillors Saoirse Charis-Graves and Pamela Gould

Objective
Design and support walking trips for the month-long mayor’s healthy community initiative “Go Golden!” and provide technical assistance launching “Golden Walks”, a free community-based walking program hosted by Councillor Charis-Graves.

Program
Community Program Director Rachel Hultin trained 12 community members, including the mayor and 3 city councillors, to lead and support featured elected leaders for walking trips during Go Golden!. Rachel also prepared recommendations for Go Golden! organizers to maximize impact including outreach, engagement cards and follow up.

Councillor Saoirse Charis-Graves received additional training and technical support to design and implement an ongoing, free community-based walking program.

Outcome
During September’s successful Go Golden!, trained leaders, four Walk2Connect Ambassadors and Walk2Connect principals supported elected officials by hosting 24 free community walks. The mayor declared walking to be the most successful outcome of the event. Participants ranged in age from 3 to 85.

Councillor Charis-Graves launched Golden Walks immediately following Go Golden! to provide ongoing free community walks including: Same Time, Same Place [STSP], Walk & Talks and Program Walks. Within the first 3 months, Golden Walks included over 100 members, robust attendance at the two STSP walks and ongoing program walks.

NEWalkFest_2014logo#3: NorthEast Walk Fest

Partners
Northeast Transportation Connections [formerly Stapleton TMA], Denver Public Schools, City Councillors Brooks and Herndon, Boys and Girls Club, Denver Parks and Recreation, Denver Public Library, Denver Police Department, DRCOG

Objective
Organize and coordinate a community-based walking event to inspire practical destination walking behavior, educate residents and community leaders on pedestrian issues and celebrate the diversity of the Holly Square and Northeast Park Hill.

Program
Building on the success of the first year, the 2014 NE Walk Fest featured over 30 community partners who helped organize and lead 20 place-based walking trips departing from the festival hub where participants could gather take-aways promoting pedestrian safety and transportation choice.

The festival hub included outreach tables hosted by local and regional organizations. Participants enjoyed music, chalk art, food vendors and a festive kick-off with Councilman Albus Brooks and RTD Board Member Angie Malpiede.

Outcome
Over 500 residents, community leaders, and neighbors attended each NE Walk Fest events, many participating in one or more walking trips in addition to learning more about value of walking, the importance of walkability and pedestrian infrastructure.

1622278_774507279228901_1715042299_n#4: Walk2Connect Ambassador Program

Partners
Community members

Objective
Train walking 50 trip leaders in 2014 who can provide free, low-barrier walks in communities across the metropolitan area. With more trained leaders, Walk2Connect is able to offer more frequent and geographically widespread walking programs.

Program
Basic Ambassador Training certifies participants to lead Same Time, Same Place walks and Walk & Talks through “Colorado Rambler’s” MeetUp, the Ambassador’s outreach and hosting tool. The training focuses on how to lead safe and supportive walks using the 4 pillars: Create Invitation; Give Permission; Hold Safe Space and Demonstrate Care.

Ambassadors receive ongoing support to organize walking trips and peer-to-peer networking. Ambassadors can advance their skills and capacity through additional training such as: Program Leader, Long-Distance, Online Tools and Gentle Walking.

Outcome
Walk2Connect trained 56 Ambassadors in 2014. Ambassadors and Principal host between 10 to 15 free community walks each week and 4 to 5 program walks every month. In 2014, Walk2Connect Ambassadors and Principals led over 370 walks averaging 10 walkers at each.

1_WALKscope_May31#5: WALKScope Rambles

Partners
WalkDenver, Place Matters

Objective
Enable community leaders and other neighborhood stakeholders to collect data related to barriers and needs around pedestrian access and safety, intersections and pedestrian counts. Developed by WalkDenver and PlaceMatters, WALKScope is an open-source tool to organize and educate citizens as pedestrian advocates while collecting in-depth data.

Program
Walk2Connect co-hosted four WALKScope trainings and field-use walking trips through engaging our base of already mobilized and highly informed walkers.

Outcome
The participants found the tool engaging, useful and extremely informative. Participants literally ‘walked’ away with a new set of eyes for how poor pedestrian facilities create barriers for people to be safe and confident pedestrians in auto-oriented environments.

The information was presented to the City of Denver to help inform priority areas and to seek additional funding for pedestrian facility improvements and the creation of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Contact:
Dawn Kirkwood
913-908-3670 c dawn@walk2connect.com e