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Joint Use Agreements: Tools for Implementing and Current Trends (6/22/12)

Sure, you’ve heard about Joint Use Agreements — but do you know about Joint Use 2.0?

New trends in joint use were among the topics panelists discussed during a PreventObesity.net webinar held last week, which you can view by watching the video to the left.

Joint use agreements typically have been crafted between local governments, school districts, neighborhood groups and others to allow community members to use facilities such as playgrounds after hours to stay physically active. But some communities are thinking outside the box when it comes to joint use, using facilities such as school kitchens to host community cooking classes.

During the webinar, panelists also discussed how crafting joint use agreements can vary from state-to-state, or even city-to-city, as state and local laws are often very specific. It is important to do your homework before putting an agreement together, panelists said.

We definitely recommend checking out the webinar if you are interested in joint use. Our panel offered terrific presentations on how to craft and implement the agreements, and the Q&A session was really informative and touched on a number of related issues.

Panelists included Shannon Glynn from Leadership for Healthy Communities, Natasha Frost from the Public Health Law Center and Ben Winig from ChangeLab Solutions. Manal Aboelata from the Prevention Institute served as moderator (along with our very own Rebecca Frank).

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