Dance Your Heart Out: A Community's Approach to Addressing Cardiovascular Health by Using a Logic Model

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Abstract

Cardiovascular health has been identified as a prioritized community health need according to recent community health needs assessment data. While the Affordable Care Act mandates that nonprofit hospitals conduct a community health needs assessment, little guidance exists on how to address the identified needs. Logic models provide systematic structure and necessary direction in how communities can start to address their identified health needs. Completing logic models in a nonlinear fashion is encouraged to employ a strengths-based approach and verify the logic. This article provides an application of logic models as one strategy to generate a community-based program theory to improve cardiovascular health.

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