What is a Promise/Best Practice?

Promising or best practice decisions, activities, and interventions in the context of health promotion and disease preventions: 

  • Systematically take into account the VALUES and principles of health promotion and public health 
  • Are supported by current scientific KNOWLEDGE as well as knowledge from experts and derived from practice
  • Observe the relevant context factors and achieve the intended POSITIVE effects while avoiding negative ones. 

Context Factors such as sociocultural conditions are of extreme importance in health promotion and increase the complexity of an intervention. The goal is not just affect specific life situations and contexts, but also to achieve changes in the dynamic, political and sociocultural environment by working together with other stakeholders.

Promising Practices were identified during the Building Healthy Military Communities Rapid needs assessment. Each Practice listed below is detailed in the following section to address program capabilities, reach and impact. This section is intended to showcase promising practices, draw connections with current initiatives across all states and incite new idea generation. 



Promising Practice example


Naval Air Station, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)- Coordinating Activities and Services using the MWR App. 

Trainer space CyberFit Fitness-Technology Platform 


Military Families Basic Needs and Thanksgiving Sponsorship Program.
Indiana Army Wellness Center.


Union Hospital of Cecil County Collaboration with Cecil County Health Department to execute Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)


Beyond the Yellow Ribbon (BTYR) 
BTYR Company Differential Pay Policy 


Mississippi National Guard (MSNG) Outreach Services via Mobile APP 

New Mexico

Center for Workforce at San Juan College: Flexibility to open programs when needs arises


Oklahoma Veteran Connections (OKVC)