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Our focus

  • In 2009, the Backyard Initiative (BYI) completed a Community Assessment. The Assessment was comprised of 21 Listening Circles and 677 face-to-face, walk-around interviews. This work led to the development of the BYI Definition of Health, from which all of the Backyard's work grows.

    The BYI definition of Health

    • Health is a state of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. It is not only the absence of infirmity and disease.
    • Health is the state of balance, harmony and connectedness within and amongst many systems—the body, the family, the community, the environment and culture.  Health cannot be seen only in an individual context.
    • Health is an active state of being; people must be active participants to be healthy. Health cannot be achieved by being passive.

    Further, the BYI has identified the following Priority Areas:

    • Social cohesion
    • Social support
    • Health literacy
    • Patient activation
  • Backyard Initiatives priority areas

    Click through the photos below to learn more about each of the four priority areas!

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    <p><strong>Social Cohesion</strong></p><p>How
connected and unified do community residents feel? What is the quality of
community residents’ experiences in their neighborhood?</p> <p><strong>Social Support</strong></p><p>How
many people do community residents have in their networks, what kinds of
relationships do they have with those in their networks, and what is the
quality of support they receive from those relationships?</p> <p><strong>Health Literacy</strong></p><p>Do
community residents have the knowledge, skills, resources, and ability they
need to work in partnership with healthcare to improve health?</p><p> </p> <p><strong>Patient Activation</strong></p><p>Are
community residents confident that they can manage their health, both in and
outside of a clinical setting?</p><p> </p>