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, Social Environment / Volunteerism & Charitable Donations

Goal: The program's mission is to bring community members together to provide food for the hungry by promoting sustainable use of excess resources.


Filed under Local, Good Idea, Health / Environmental & Occupational Health, Elderly

Goal: This program aims to protect seniors against West Nile virus exposure.

Filed under Good Idea, Health / Wellness & Lifestyle

Goal: The goal of this program is to encourage lifestyle changes that promote healthier living by promoting walking for exercise and educating participants about proper nutrition.

Filed under Good Idea, Public Safety / Emergency Planning & Response, Children, Adults, Families, Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Goal: The program's primary goal is to prepare the Harvey County community for a disaster. It also seeks to increase outreach to minority communities and recruit volunteers for the MRC.

Filed under Good Idea, Health / Older Adults & Aging, Elderly

Goal: The goals of the program are to help participants learn how to view falls and the fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals for increasing activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.

Impact: After completing the program, 97% of participants are more comfortable in talking about falls, 95% have made environmental changes, and 99.5% plan to continue exercising.

Filed under Good Idea, Art & Recreation / Art, Children, Teens, Families, Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Urban

Goal: ARTS is dedicated to healing, inspiring and empowering children facing life challenges by providing innovative arts-based programs, education and opportunities.

Filed under Good Idea, Public Safety / Domestic Violence

Goal: A Safe Place's mission is to break the cycle of domestic and family violence by providing safe shelter and support services to victims and their children and to prevent violence through outreach and education in at-risk populations.

Filed under Good Idea, Health / Access to Health Services, Urban

Goal: Access to Care aims to meet primary health care needs of low-income uninsured individuals.

Filed under Good Idea, Education / Student Performance K-12, Children

Goal: The goal of this program is to promote positive youth development and to help youth gain valuable work experience.

Filed under Good Idea, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight

Goal: The mission of ACT!vate Omaha is to create awareness, advocacy and excitement about activity and the importance of designing our community for active lifestyles.

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