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Database of Interventions

How to Use the Database

Download the CHI Navigator Database of Interventions fact sheet for a detailed explanation on how to use the tool.  Refer to About the CHI Navigator , the Database of Interventions Glossary , and the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

To use the database:

  1. Click on the button below to be directed to the tool
  2. Once there, select a variety of filters. The database includes Target Risk Factors that are related to the leading causes of illness and death in the United States: Tobacco Use and Exposure, Physical Inactivity, Unhealthy Diet, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, and Obesity. Other filter categories include: Target Populations, Target Outcomes or Indicators, Intervention Setting/Locations, Intervention Types, Assets: People or Organizations, and Assets: Physical or Virtual Space.
  3. As filters are selected, a preview of search results will automatically appear on the right side of the screen
  4. Simply click on an individual result for more information about a particular intervention

A Coalition Adopts and Implements Evidence-Based Programs within Their Local Context

Founded in 2010, the Healthy Chelsea Coalition works across the city of Chelsea, Massachusetts to build capacity for policy, systems, and environmental changes focusing on healthy eating and active living. Working closely with its backbone organization, the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement, this Coalition has used the CHI Navigator’s Database of Interventions to encourage the adoption and continued implementation of evidence-based programs by local partners. As the Coalition Coordinator explained, “I have colleagues working on Safe Routes to School. The [CHI Navigator] Database gives us that validation that we’re doing the right thing. I can say to my colleagues, ‘Look, you’re [using an approach] on the evidence-based list from CDC!’”. Additionally, the Healthy Chelsea Coalition has shared resources from the CHI Navigator with a variety of audiences including at community forums and with hospital leadership. As a CDC-developed resource, the CHI Navigator “gives credibility” to the Coalition when it is educating partners about what it means to use evidence-based programs and why “it’s important to stick to the program”.

Learn more about the Healthy Chelsea Coalition here, or contact Gabriel Fonseca, Program Coordinator, MGH Chelsea / Center for Community Health Improvement at: 617-887-4056 or

Who Should Use the Database?

The Database of Interventions can be used by various community stakeholders who are involved in CHI work and, ultimately, for improving the health of their communities. These stakeholders include hospitals complying with the IRS Final Rule on Community Health Needs Assessments for Charitable Hospitals.

About the Database

The CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator (CHI Navigator) Database of Interventions is a tool that helps you identify interventions that work in four action areas—socioeconomic factors, physical environment, health behaviors, and clinical care. It provides leaders and stakeholders with options to consider when making decisions about how to invest in their community and address its health needs. As you use the Database, you may notice housing, education, and transportation interventions appearing when you filter results for tobacco use, unhealthy diet, high blood pressure, obesity, physical inactivity, and diabetes. Learn more about the evidence for the association of these interventions with positive outcomes in these areas in the Frequently Asked Questions.

For community partnerships, a balanced portfolio of interventions can lead to greater impact on patient and population health while reducing hospital readmissions and cutting costs across sectors (source: Hester JA, Stange PV ). Engaging in a collaborative community health improvement (CHI) process and using evidence-based interventions helps support the missions of all organizations involved and is an approach often preferred by funders. Learn more about the Database of Interventions in About the CHI Navigator .