Web Forum

Community Commons: Using the Platform and Tools to Inform and Advance Prevention, Wellness and Public Health Related Efforts
Thursday, June 7, 2012 | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific

Community Commons, www.communitycommons.org, is a free-to-end-user, online mapping and data tool created to better connect and engage communities across the country working to advance prevention, wellness and public health related efforts.

Community Commons allows you to access the nation's most robust data engine. You can connect with colleagues around the country working on a variety of issues from improving school nutrition and physical activity to tobacco cessation efforts -- among a variety of other issues.

You will learnl:

  • How to drill down on data and create GIS maps to illustrate particular areas of local need, supporting action on policy objectives;
  • How to connect with colleagues around the country to share best practices and lessons learned; and
  • How your peers are using the Commons to advance their policy-related efforts.






    Tyler Norris, MDiv
    Vice President
    Total Health Partnerships
    Kaiser Permanente
    The Community Commons

    Tyler Norris, MDivTyler is a social entrepreneur and trusted advisor to philanthropies, health systems, governments, NGO's and collaborative partnerships working to improve the health of people and places. He brings three decades of experience in service to the public, private, non-profit and civic sectors - including work with over 350 communities and organizations in the United States and internationally. (www.kp.org/thrive www.communitycommons.org and http://tylernorris.com)

    Erin Barbaro, MA
    Project Manager
    Community Commons
    Columbia, MO

    Erin Barbaro, MAErin Barbaro serves as the Project Manager for CommunityCommons.org and the Assistant Director and Senior Geographic Information Systems Specialist at the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES). Erin has played a major role in the development of custom learning systems and collaborative management tools developed at CARES in both design and implementation. Additionally, Erin creates and implements training tools to help clients successfully utilize the suite of custom learning systems developed at CARES. Erin has a Master of Arts degree in Geography and lives in Columbia, Missouri with her husband and two children. (www.communitycommons.org)

    Christy Filby
    Community Wellness Executive
    Quad Cities YMCA
    Moline, IL

    Christy FilbyChristy Filby is the Community Wellness Executive for the Quad Cities YMCA. In this position, she leads and assists with coordination of community initiatives to increase physical activity and healthy eating including two Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC) initiatives – Activate Quad Cities and a Health Equity PHC for Rock Island, IL – and the Davenport, IA ACHIEVE initiative. Christy lives in East Moline, IL with her husband and three boys. (www.qcymca.org)

    Jeffrey C. Sunderlin, MS, ATC
    Program Manager
    Healthier Communities Initiative
    Chicago, IL

    Jeffrey C. Sunderlin, MS, ATCJeff Sunderlin currently serves as a Program Manager with the YMCA-USA Healthier Communities Initiative – Statewide Pioneering Healthier Communities. Prior to accepting this position Jeff served as a Public Health Administrator in the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, with the Illinois Department of Public Health for 18 years and with the Office of the Governor for 4 years prior to that. Before entering state government service, Jeff was the Director of Sports Medicine, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Adult Fitness at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois and held a concurrent position as Head Athletic Trainer at Bradley University. He received his undergraduate and graduate degree from Illinois State University in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation. (www.ymca.net/healthier-communities)

    Jamie Lynn Kleinsorge, MS
    Program Assistant
    Community Initiatives
    Columbia, MO

    Jamie Lynn Kleinsorge, MSJamie Lynn Kleinsorge is a Program Assistant for Community Initiatives (CI) and brings expertise in rural community development, civic engagement, direct action organizing, social networking and non-profit management. Jamie received her Master of Science in Rural Sociology with an emphasis in Community Development from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to attending the University of Missouri, she worked as a Community Development Specialist for the Illinois Coalition for Community Services. Jamie lives in Columbia, MO with her husband Dan and their dog Otto. She also is a skater for the CoMo Derby Dames. (www.communityinitiatives.com)

    Monte Roulier
    Co-Founder and President
    Community Initiatives
    Columbia, MO

    Monte RoulierMonte Roulier is Co-Founder and President of Community Initiatives (CI), an organizations dedicated to building healthy and whole communities. As a consultant, coach, and facilitator he has helped hundreds of communities, a wide range of organizations and multi-sector collaborations to develop change strategies resulting in improved health and well-being. Monte and the CI team are advisors and coaches for several leading national initiatives, including the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) and Community Transformation Grants (CTG), as well as ACHIEVE and YMCA’s Pioneering Healthier Communities Initiative. Monte leads the curation team for www.communitycommons.org and serves on the board of the Institute for People Place & Possibility (IP3).

    Christopher Fulcher, PhD
    Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems
    University of Missouri
    Columbia, MO

    Christopher Fulcher, PhDChristopher Fulcher, PhD Co-Directs the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri. Chris’ systems-based approach to decision making enables local, state, national and international public and nonprofit sector organizations to effectively address social issues using unique collaborative management systems. Chris received his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University in 1984 and his M.S. in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M in 1985. He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri in 1996. He serves as a faculty member in the Division of Applied Social Sciences and the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. (www.cares.missouri.edu)


    Matthew Marsom
    Vice President
    Public Health Policy and Advocacy
    Public Health Institute
    Oakland, CA

    Matthew MarsomAs Vice President for Public Health Policy and Advocacy for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew works to advance and support the public policy goals of the organization’s domestic and global health programs. He is responsible for designing and implementing strategy for monitoring and influencing public policy, legislation and regulations affecting PHI projects and public health policy relevant to PHI interests. (www.phi.org)


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

Community Commons: Using the Platform and Tools to Inform and Advance Prevention, Wellness and Public Health Related Efforts


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For more resources on community prevention in health reform, and to take action on this issue, go to:

Annual Meeting Hill Visits :: American Public Health Association
APHA Midyear Meeting
Transportation Issues from the Public Health Perspective :: American Public Health Association
Food Environment Atlas
Health Reform Rapid Response Network :: Prevention Institute
Promise Neighborhoods Institute
United States Department of Agriculture
Choice Neighborhoods :: US Department of Housing and Urban Development
D4H Community
PI Health Reform
TFAH Health Reform
Public Health ACTion (PHACT) Campaign :: American Public Health Association

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