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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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Go Sun Smart

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

Goal: The mission of Go Sun Smart is to reduce the risk of skin cancer among ski area employees and, specifically, to reduce the number of sun burns employees incur.

Physician Asthma Care Education (PACE) (USA)

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

Goal: The goal of Patient Asthma Care Education is to improve asthma health outcomes for children through clinician education and skill building.

Reducing Environmental Triggers of Asthma (Minnesota)

Filed under Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Children's Health, Children, Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Urban

Goal: The goal of the Reducing Environmental Triggers of Asthma intervention is to improve asthma control by removing environmental allergens and irritants from the home.

Urban Mold and Moisture Program (Cuyahoga, OH)

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

Goal: The goal of the Urban Mold and Moisture Program is to reduce environmental mold, moisture, and asthma triggers in homes to improve pediatric respiratory health.

Workplace Exercise Health Promotion Plan (Oita, Japan)

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

Goal: The goal of this exercise program was to reduce the incidence of diseases related to life style, such as cerebrovascular diseases and ischemic heart diseases, and to preserve/promote workers' health.

A Community Approach to Mosquito Control (Louisville, KY)

Filed under Effective Practice, Health / Immunizations & Infectious Diseases

Goal: The goal of this program is to reduce the mosquito population in Metro Louisville and subsequently reduce mosquito-borne disease transmission.

A Living Laboratory: The City of Chattanooga, USA (Chattanooga, TN)

Filed under Effective Practice, Environment / Toxic Chemicals

Goal: Chattanooga's vision is to become a city where ecological initiatives generate a strong economic base, nurture social institutions and enhance the natural and made environment.

A.I.R. Harlem (Harlem)

Filed under Effective Practice, Health / Children's Health, Children, Families, Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Urban

Goal: To improve the quality of life and academic achievement of asthmatic children, helping families break the revolving cycle of poverty that is worsened by chronic disease.

Impact: A reduction in ER visits by 64%, a reduction in overnight hospitalization by 85% and a reduction in school absences by 69%.

Active Design Guidelines (New York City, NY)

Filed under Good Idea, Environment / Built Environment, Children, Teens, Adults, Women, Men, Elderly, Families, Urban

Goal: The goal of the Active Design Guidelines is to provide architects and urban designers with tools to create healthier buildings, urban spaces, and outdoor places based on current academic research and best practices.