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Vision-Mission-Core Values

We envision sustainable community-based systems and environments to raise healthy children in the Pacific Region.

In partnership with our community, our mission is to elevate the capacity of the region to build and sustain a healthy food and physical environment to help maintain healthy weight and prevent obesity among young children in the Pacific region.

Core Values
Keep us working fluidly as a team . . .

Accountability, Integrity, Transparency

  • As a principle, we will assess, monitor, and evaluate all components of the project using consistent criteria.
  • Abide by agreed upon standards of operation.
  • Communicate (timely, frequently, clearly, and honestly) on progress, results, and challenges
  • Use verifiable/defensible claims
  • Hold ourselves to high standards in order to provide our communities with a high level of service
  • Hold ourselves accountable at several levels, including communities, each other, our professions, our funder:
    • Act in the public interest
    • Set measureable outcomes
    • Measure performance against standards articulated in advance
    • Follow informed consent guidelines
    • Be open to verification/confirmation by outside independent organizations
  • Use evidence-based principles to guide our work
  • Establish publication and authorship guidelines
  • Be active and creative in disseminating information to participating communities
  • Make as readily available as possible to the public domain all aspects of CHL including data, programs and publications
  • Welcome criticism as an opportunity for change and improvement

 Collaboration, Partnerships, Sharing

  •  Collaborate at multiple levels, e.g., age groups, government, faith-based, traditional, individual families, coalitions, schools, businesses
  • Work as a team
  • Find common ground (alignment with organizations)
  • Build on capacity of communities, using strengths and resources
  • Avoid duplication of efforts
  • Find common language and terms
  • Actively seek collaborators (ongoing)
  • Create communication channel for collaborators and community (theme-based)
  • Create channel for CHL to share with community
  • Recognize we are stronger or more effective by collaboration
  • Respect knowledge and perspective of each partner’s discipline
  • Create process for conflict resolution
  • Promulgate  expectations of each collaboration  with partners
  • Create a space for forgiveness

Creativity, Innovation, FUN

  • Provide and implement hands-on activities with kids and caregivers
  • Present science in an engaging way
  • Be open-minded about ideas, approaches, and including stakeholder-types
  • Use positive words and actions
  • Use appropriate modern technology
  • Promote unstructured, active play
  • Be flexible and adaptable as project progresses
  • Use media as an ally
  • Create meaningful goals (way of life) for lifestyle change and sustain it long term.
  • Include energizers at meetings (practice what we preach)
  • Be willing to try new things, make mistakes, and fix them
  • Provide a safe work/research culture where one can offer ideas without having to lead them
  • Support creative thinking by investing resources in skill development
  • Leave adequate time for discussion
  • Learn  how to give supportive feedback;  “No” is not an answer
  • Be open to non-expert opinion
  • Recognize that conflict and differences are opportunities for innovation

 Health, Well Being

  • Good health enables a productive and fulfilling life. Health includes mental, physical, spiritual, and environmental aspects to which obesity is a threat.


  • Promotion of facilities and environmental design, such as parks, which promote stress relief.
  • Building and leading coalitions which promote good health.
  • Promotion of sustainable food systems that ensure food security including aspects such as:
    • Profitability
    • Stability
    • Resilience
    • Equity
    • Productivity
    • Environmental custodianship
    • Food safety
  • Promotion of community infrastructure in support of optimal health
  • Promotion of safe communities
  • Support [regular] training (e.g., dental, nutrition, prevention) of health professionals


  • Practice healthy strategies – cope with stress
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Increase water intake – be sure it is clean!
  • Practice personal hygiene
  • Increase good family time
  • Make informed dietary choices and increase active lifestyle


Respect, Diversity, Culturally Relevant

  • Redefine health for cultural appropriateness
  • Include native languages/cultural and spiritual practices and arts
  • Engage community as collaborator and contributor
  • View community as an asset
  • Seek elder/community leader (recognized and informal) wisdom and guidance
  • Listen and learn, establish rapport
  • Ask permission
  • Communicate in ways that build agreement
  • Celebrate success and acknowledge challenges/barriers
  • Spend time developing/establishing relationships so that they can be sustained
  • Foster relationships by caring for the people we are working with
  • Create opportunities to engage the children so they can make meaningful contributions