Promising Practices

The Promising Practices database informs professionals and community members about documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life.

The ultimate goal is to support the systematic adoption, implementation, and evaluation of successful programs, practices, and policy changes. The database provides carefully reviewed, documented, and ranked practices that range from good ideas to evidence-based practices.
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Filed under Local, Good Idea, Transportation / Alternative Travel, Children, Adults, Urban

Goal: The mission of Earn-A-Bike is to educate and advocate the safe use of refurbished bicycles as affordable transportation.

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Filed under Local, Effective Practice, Transportation / Public Transportation

Goal: GO Boulder's mission is to develop a sustainable and balanced transportation system supporting the quality of life valued by Boulder's residents, employees, and visitors.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Older Adults & Aging, Elderly

Goal: The Matter of Balance/Volunteer Lay Leader (MOB/VLL) program is designed to reduce the fear of falling, stop the fear of falling cycle, and improve the activity levels among community-dwelling older adults. The goal of the program is to use volunteer lay leaders as facilitators, in order to make the program affordable to offer in the community setting.

Impact: When following up one year after the program, participants reported significant gains in fall management and there was a trend to increased exercise level as well. In addition, participants sustained a reduction in monthly falls.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Adults

Goal: To reduce weight in overweight and obese patients using mobile-based text and multimedia messaging.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Disabilities, Adults

Goal: The program's goal was to eliminate the waiting period for access to health care benefits for newly entitled SSDI beneficiaries, and see if this investment has long-term benefits.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Children's Health, Children, Teens

Goal: The goal of this program is to enhance the resiliency of children in order to promote positive development and prevent them from engaging in high-risk behaviors such as substance use, early sexual activity, or violence.

Impact: Studies of the program showed that participants' reactions to situations involving drug use and their attitudes toward school, the future, and elders were significantly better than those without the intervention. Students in the program also had fewer days absent from school than nonparticipants.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Older Adults & Aging, Elderly

Goal: The goal of this promising practice is to increase physical activity in a diverse older adult population.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Children

Goal: The project aims to promote a healthy lifestyle and reverse the trend of obesity among students and their families.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Teen & Adolescent Health, Teens

Goal: The goal of the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach is to help adolescents recover from alcohol and drug addiction.

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Immunizations & Infectious Diseases, Teens, Urban

Goal: The goal of Adolescents Living Safely is to prevent HIV infection and AIDS among runaway adolescents.