Health Equity Considerations
Trailnet’s Healthy, Active, & Vibrant Communities Initiative (HAVC) is a model that uses community engagement and community development principles to empower communities to support and promote healthy eating and active lifestyles. The intent of this intervention is to build communities’ capacity to implement policy and environmental changes and build healthy social networks to address obesity. The HAVC Initiative is focused in low-income and at-risk communities. HAVC activities are tailored to complement the unique assets, needs, and interests of each community. The citizens in the communities engaged in the initiative are economically, racially, and ethnically diverse. The HAVC Initiative has been implemented in three Missouri communities: rural De Soto, suburban Ferguson, and the urban neighborhood Old North St Louis.
Since the HAVC approach is designed for communities to choose the specific policies, environmental changes, and events they want to implement, specific components of the initiative are tailored to the target community and target population.