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The Promising Practices database informs professionals and community members about documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life.

The ultimate goal is to support the systematic adoption, implementation, and evaluation of successful programs, practices, and policy changes. The database provides carefully reviewed, documented, and ranked practices that range from good ideas to evidence-based practices.
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Brief Strategic Family Therapy (Miami, FL)

Local

Filed under Local, Evidence-Based Practice, Social Environment / Family Structure, Children, Teens, Families

Goal: The goal of BSFT is to improve a youth's behavior problems by improving family interactions that are presumed to be directly related to the child's symptoms, thus reducing risk factors and strengthening protective factors for adolescent drug abuse and other conduct problems.

Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) (USA)

Local

Filed under Local, Evidence-Based Practice, Health / Substance Abuse, Teens, Families

Goal: The goal of MDFT is to reduce adolescent drug abuse and increase self efficacy in the teen population.

AIDS Insurance Continuation Program (Florida)

Local

Filed under Local, Effective Practice, Health / Access to Health Services, Adults, Families

Goal: The goal of the AIDS Insurance Continuation Program is to provide low-income Floridians living with HIV/AIDS with continuous private health insurance coverage.

Family Effectiveness Training

Local

Filed under Local, Effective Practice, Social Environment / Family Structure, Children

Goal: The goal of FET is to strengthen families by increasing their ability to adapt to new situations, particularly developmental and cultural challenges the family will face.

Gang Reduction Program

Local

Filed under Local, Effective Practice, Public Safety / Crime & Crime Prevention, Children, Teens, Urban

Goal: The primary goal of the GRP is to reduce youth gang crime and violence in targeted neighborhoods/communities by addressing the personal, family and community factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency and gang activity.

Living for Health (Miami, FL)

Local

Filed under Local, Effective Practice, Health / Heart Disease & Stroke, Adults, Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Urban

Goal: The goal of the program is to identify and follow underserved adult residents with undiagnosed or untreated high blood pressure, cholesterol or glucose, provide education to encourage healthy lifestyle changes and encourage them to seek treatment – anyone without a primary care physician is referred to a participating FQHC.

Impact: Among those participants who were followed over time and were able to be reached by phone, there were significant increases in healthy food consumption as well as significant decreases in smoking, fat consumption, and fast food frequency.

Miami-Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program (Miami-Dade County, FL)

Local

Filed under Local, Effective Practice, Environment / Built Environment

Goal: The goal of this program is to help protect, restore, and conserve the air, water, land and ecosystem resources of Miami-Dade County.

Peace Works (Miami, FL)

Local

Filed under Local, Effective Practice, Education / School Environment

Goal: The goals of Peace Works are to (1) promote students' prosocial behavior through the use of conflict resolution; (2) enhance school climate through caring and support; (3) teach parents constructive problem solving and anger management; and (4) improve parents' positive affiliation with school.

Preventive Nutrition Cardiovascular Disease Program (Dade County, FL)

Local

Filed under Local, Good Idea, Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Elderly, Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Urban

Goal: The goals of this project are:
- to increase knowledge of nutrition among Hispanic elders who are at risk for cardiovascular disease and obesity;
- to foster behavior change through group sessions and interactive activities; and
- to test whether the American Heart Association guidelines and materials can be utilized in a dietitian led model targeted to Hispanic elders.

Refugee Health Assessment Program (Miami Dade County, FL)

Local

Filed under Local, Effective Practice, Health / Access to Health Services, Urban

Goal: The mission of the RHAP is to protect the health of the general population and to improve the health status of refugees so they may achieve self-sufficiency.