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The aim of the EON thriving communities program aims to promote healthy lifestyle choices to West Australian (WA) Indigenous communities to reduce chronic disease.
The program takes a holistic approach to addressing the problems of food insecurity and poor nutrition in remote communities.
There are four components to the program:
Currently, the Thriving communities program is being delivered to 16 communities in WA, 13 across the Kimberley region and three in the Pilbara. The program is delivered by an EON Project Manager in the community every fortnight for five years.
Abstract adapted from Edge of Nowhere Foundation
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The Evaluation of the Thriving Communities program in six Kimberley communities: final report aims to provide an assessment of the process and outcomes of the four EON Foundation programs ran in the communities of Djarindjin/Lombadian, Ardyaloon, Beagle Bay, Yungngora, Looma and Kadjina. The report aims to demonstrate the benefits of the program to the EON board and future funders, and reflect on lessons learnt.
The Thriving Communities program consists of four components that are designed to reduce the risk of chronic disease:
The findings of the evaluation conclude that whilst program outcomes are hard to measure, a community development approach that values long term engagement is the method most likely to be effective in tackling chronic disease.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract