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Founding Intensive Community Sites

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The National Institutes of Health launched We Can!® with 14 Founding Intensive Community Sites. In exchange for curricula training, materials, and technical assistance to support local partnership and media outreach, these sites agreed to complete an intensive version of the program, including the following activities over one year:

  • Attend a program orientation meeting
  • Implement at least three youth programs in their community
  • Implement at least three parent programs in their community
  • Administer pre- and post-test curriculum evaluations to program participants and submit the results for evaluation by NHLBI
  • Organize and host at least three community events
  • Provide feedback via conference calls about community events, partner activities, media outreach, and materials development
  • Assess their program implementation and provide information to NIH

Read the We Can! Progress Reportpdf document icon (4.5 MB) that summarizes an initial assessment of the We Can! program as it was implemented in these Intensive Community Sites around the country. It includes the methodology and detailed results for each of the implementations by the sites of We Can! curricula. Read more about each of the sites in the following summaries.

Alabama Department of Public Health

Benton County (OR) Healthy Weight and Lifestyle Coalition

Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Steps

City of Tamarac (FL) Parks and Recreation Department

Gary (IN) Youth Services Bureau and Park Recreation

Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth (Eugene, OR)

Montgomery County (MD) Department of Recreation

Operation Better Start (Pittsfield, MA)

Project Healthy Schools (Ann Arbor, MI)

Roswell (GA) Recreation and Parks Department/Athens-Clarke (GA) County Leisure Services

Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Clinic (Temple, TX)

South Bend (IN) Parks and Recreation Department

University of Nevada Las Vegas Department of Nutrition Sciences/City of Henderson Department of Parks and Recreation

Springfield-Greene County (MO) Park and Recreation

Last Updated: February 13, 2013