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New Toolkit: Shared Use Policy Implementation
The PRCHN REACH team has created a new toolkit designed to equip community members and organizations with the tools essential to creating and facilitating a successful shared use initiative. This resource guide provides steps and guidelines to help anyone prepare and organize opportunities for shared use sites within their community. Spearheaded by the PRCHN, this guide is based on the HIP-Cuyahoga Shared Use Initiative and provides  action steps, implementation methods, and suggestions for shared use through a community-focused lens. Public health agencies and nonprofit organizations, local departments and associations, and school administrators interested in identifying, recruiting, and working with local property and facility owners to create shared use sites around the community should refer to this resource guide.

Shared Use recognizes health disparities and addresses health inequities through implementing policies for recreational use in primarily disadvantaged communities. Shared Use partnerships offer innovative ways to improve physical activity opportunities in schools, community centers, worksites, faith-based organizations, and other entities. By creating an environment of accessibility, shared use policies mediate residents’ limited access to physical activity and improve their ability to make healthier choices. Shared Use allows public and private property owners to open their underutilized facilities for community use and allows community access to property by permitting the partners to share the costs
and risks associated with opening the property for after-hours use. Although often used as a strategy to increase opportunities for physical activity, shared use has many wide-ranging benefits such as community health, affordability, equity, and education.
 
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