Additional Tools and Resources
Community Health Improvement (CHI) Overview
Following are additional tools and resources that will help you throughout your collaborative community health improvement (CHI) efforts, including guidance on how to conduct community health needs assessments (CHNAs), community health assessments (CHAs), and much more:
- Assessing and Addressing Community Health Needsexternal icon
- Community Health Assessment and Group Evaluation (CHANGE) pdf icon
- Community Health Assessment Toolkit external icon
- Community Health Improvement Hubexternal icon
- County Health Rankings and Roadmapsexternal icon
- Improving Population Health by Working with Communities—Action Guide external icon
- MAP-IT external icon (Mobilize, Assess, Plan, Implement, Track)
- Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) external icon
- Practical Playbook external icon
Potential Data Sources
The following resources provide data that may guide your CHNA efforts. Consider using local data sources—such as focus groups and town hall meetings with community members and stakeholders, hospital data on service utilization, local environmental, community and social services data, and local health department data.
- County Health Rankingsexternal icon
- Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI 2015)
- Community Need Index™ external icon
- Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care external icon
- Health Indicators Warehouse external icon
- Health System Data Center external icon
- Vulnerable Populations Footprint external icon
CHI Guiding Principles
The following resources contain additional information about the underlying principles of collaborative CHI. The key concepts found in the Tools for Successful CHI Efforts section were derived from a review of these guiding principles.
- County Health Rankings and Roadmapsexternal icon
- Georgia Health Policy Center Sustainability Frameworkpdf iconexternal icon
- Improving Community Health through Hospital–Public Health Partnershipspdf iconexternal icon
- Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health (Institute of Medicine 2012)external icon
- Principles to Consider for the Implementation of a Community Health Needs Assessment Process (Rosenbaum 2013) pdf iconexternal icon
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize Criteriaexternal icon
CHI Framework Tools and Resources
Are you still looking for additional tools to suit your community’s particular needs or preferences after reviewing the tools listed in Tools for Successful CHI Efforts? If so, consider the following tools and resources found in the following nine sections:
- Analyzing Problems and Goalsexternal icon: Go to the Main Section and Checklist tabs, for help in analyzing individual and environmental factors that influence the problem to be addressed.
- Creating and Maintaining Partnershipsexternal icon: This tool provides guidance and additional resources for creating a partnership between different organizations, to address a common goal.
- Developing Multisector Collaborationsexternal icon: This overview provides a readiness assessment, steps, rules, and other guidance on starting and sustaining multisector collaborations.
- Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governmentpdf iconexternal icon: Go to Sections 3.2 and 4 (pages 38–61) for information on engaging cross-sector stakeholders.
- Proclaiming Your Dream: Developing Mission and Vision Statementsexternal icon: This tool provides an understanding of the importance and purpose of mission and vision statements, and help developing effective ones.
- Community Member Forum Tools for Community Health Assessment and Implementation Planning:
The following are sample templates that you can tailor to your needs for planning, organizing, and executing various types of community meetings:
- Community Forum Meeting Checklistexcel iconexternal icon
- Community Forum Invitationpdf iconexternal icon
- Community Open House Press Releaseword iconexternal icon
- Community Open House Public Service Announcementword iconexternal icon
- Community Forum Agendaword iconexternal icon
- Community Strengths and Themes Open House Summaryword iconexternal icon
- Tip Sheet – Engaging the Communityexternal icon: This resource provides tips on engaging the community, as well as common challenges, as part of the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process.
- Increasing Participation and Membershipexternal icon: This tool provides guidance and related references for increasing participation and engaging stakeholders.
- Organize for Successexternal icon: This overview of the first phase of MAPP—Organize for Success—outlines steps for the planning process including development of a planning partnership.
- Principles of Community Engagement: These practical guidelines help professionals and community leaders improve communication; promote common understanding; and strengthen coordination, collaboration, and partnership efforts among themselves and community members and institutions.
- Communicating Information to Funders for Support and Accountabilityexternal icon: This tool provides the “why, what, and how” of communicating evaluation findings to a variety of audiences, including the public, stakeholders, and press.
- Planning Before You Communicate Toolexternal icon: This spreadsheet helps you address and organize essential factors for communication planning, execution, and evaluation.
- Template for Strategic Communications Planexternal icon: This printable, step-by-step template walks you through creating a strategic communications plan.
- Asset-Based Community Development Toolkitexternal icon: This toolkit contains several asset-mapping tools, resources, instructional guides and exercises, and a capacity inventory worksheet.
- Community Themes and Strengths Assessment At-A-Glancepdf iconexternal icon: This assessment framework can be used to collect answers to key questions, to better understand community issues and concerns, perceptions about quality of life, and community assets.
- Data for Actionpdf iconexternal icon: This guide addresses the importance of using data, where to find it, how to present it in a meaningful way, and more.
- Data for Health: Learning What Worksexternal icon: Go to Section III, A, B, and C (pages 18-30) to review a summary of observations, highlights, and recommendations about using data, exchanging data, and protecting data.
- Equity Atlas Toolkitexternal icon: This toolkit provides an overview of the development process, sample material, and additional resources to support communities in creating equity atlas projects.
- Health Care Equity: Tool Kit for a Winning Policy Strategypdf iconexternal icon: Go to the Toolkit Section for frameworks and techniques that can help you develop a successful policy campaign.
- Healthy! Capital Counties (Michigan) Asset Mapping Toolword iconexternal icon: This tool provides editable templates and worksheets designed to help uncover a community’s strengths, resources, and more.
- Working with Dataexternal icon: This resource includes tips and tools for using existing data and guidance for secondary data analysis.
- Using the Rankings Data Guideexternal icon: This seven-section guide can help you identify and understand ways to use the County Health Rankings data.
- Assessing and Addressing Community Health Needsexternal icon: Go to Step 5: Define and Validate Priorities (pages 71–76) for an overview of how to set priorities, from establishing criteria to validation.
- Priority Setting Process Checklistpdf iconexternal icon: Go to pages 6-8 for assistance in using one of four priority-setting methods: dotmocracy, paired comparisons, decision boxes, and grid analysis.
- Adapting Community Interventions for Different Cultures and Communitiesexternal icon: Go to the Main Section and Tools tabs for an overview of reasons to adapt an intervention and questions to consider when determining how to adapt interventions for different communities.
- Criteria for Choosing Promising Practices and Community Interventionsexternal icon: Go to the Main Section and Tools tabs for help with identifying, choosing, and prioritizing promising practices or interventions that are a good fit for the community of focus.
- Developing an Interventionexternal icon: This tool provides support, examples, and additional resources for developing core components of a community intervention and adapting them to fit the community.
- Goals/Strategiesexternal icon: This overview of the fifth phase of the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process includes broad strategies and steps for addressing issues and achieving goals related to the community’s vision.
- What Works for Healthexternal icon: This tool provides information and quick links to help you select and carry out evidence-informed policies, programs, and system changes based on a variety of health factors.
- A Framework for Program Evaluation: This practical framework summarizes and organizes the steps and standards you will need to effectively evaluate your efforts.
- A Public Health Performance Evaluation Primerpdf iconexternal icon: Go to pages 4–9 (starting with Step 5) for an overview and case-study examples of performance measurement and evaluation, as well as descriptions of how to use Run Charts to achieve programmatic goals.
- Collecting and Analyzing Dataexternal icon: This tool provides the “why, when, and how” of data collection and analysis to help you draw conclusions about your work.
- Community Quality Collaborativesexternal icon: Go to the Tools on Measures, Data, and Reports on Quality and Efficiency section for a number of tools and resources that community collaboratives use when identifying, querying, and reporting on data.
- Best Practices for Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Strategy Development: archived information from 2011 CDC public forum; PHI proceedings from CDC 2011 public forumpdf iconexternal icon
- Early Logic Models for Community Health Improvementpdf icon
The additional tools and resources listed do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.