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Community Fellow Erika Hood Named Shared Used Ambassador
Erika Hood, M.Ed, REACH Community Fellow and Active Living Strategy Coordinator, has been named one of two Shared Use Ambassadors for Spring 2017 from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the National Shared Use Task Force. The National Shared Use Task Force created the Shared Use Ambassador program to acknowledge the innovative and dedicated work of individuals and organizations that are advancing shared use in their communities to improve public health through physical activity opportunities that might not otherwise be available. Hood has successfully advanced shared use policies in six priority neighborhoods in Cleveland and the city of East Cleveland. Through relationship building and consulting with residents, she has worked to develop shared use policies at various neighborhood sites, such as churches, community centers, and settlement houses. Read more about the PRCHN's Shared Use Initiative.

Shared use is the concept of opening access to facilities or spaces for access by the community- a wise use of existing resources and facilities to create increased access to physical activity and healthy living opportunities for diverse populations. As an evidence-based and policy, systems, and environment (PSE) change strategy, communities are implementing shared use policies, agreements, and relationships that provide physical activity opportunities in underserved neighborhoods to improve health.

Hood and her counterpart ambassador, Ruth Bell, MS, of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, will co-present a national webinar on July 20 at 1:00 pm ET to introduce their programs, share best practices and resources, and answer questions. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a national non-profit that advances policy change and catalyzes support for healthy, active communities, starting with walking and bicycling to school.
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