Cross-Cutting Resources

Program Planning and Implementation

Sustainability Planning Guide for Healthy Communities pdf icon[PDF-2.9MB]
This guide provides science and practice-based evidence to help public and community health professionals develop a sustainability plan and learn key sustainability approaches.

Community Health Online Resource Center (CHORC)
This database of resources provides practice-based tools that support environmental improvements in communities. Resources include webinars, toolkits, guides, fact sheets, and other practical materials.

Program Highlights
These highlights focus on recipients’ efforts to implement strategies that encourage healthy eating, increased physical activity, and breastfeeding.

Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Data, Trends and Maps
This interactive database provides national and state-level data about the health status and behaviors of Americans as well as environmental or policy supports. Categories include breastfeeding, fruits and vegetables, physical activity, sugar drinks, television watching, and obesity/weight. Visitors can use the ‘view by’ option to examine data by demographics such as gender and race/ethnicity.


Center TRT Evaluation Frameworkexternal icon
This framework was designed to increase practitioner capacity to conduct evaluations of programs and policies targeting environmental and behavioral obesity-related outcomes. It can be adapted to any obesity prevention program or to any stage of the policy change process.

Built Environment Assessment Tool Manual
This manual helps individuals measure the core features of the physical makeup of where we live, learn, work, and play. The manual also addresses the equality of those features. The built environment can affect health, especially opportunities for walking, biking, and other types of physical activity.

Communication Materials

NewPublication List: Evidence for Communication and Marketing in Community Health Settings pdf icon[PDF-900KB]
This publication list provides many examples that can help public health practitioners better understand how communication and marketing contribute to local, state, and national community health efforts.

Communication Planning Tool word icon[Word-64KB]
The Communication Planning Tool will help you plan paid, earned, partner, and digital/social media efforts over a 12 month period. Using this tool will help support and sustain program initiatives.

Media Impressions Worksheet [Excel-1.39MB]
The Media Impressions Worksheet helps capture and report earned media news stories, paid or in-kind media, and social/digital media efforts. Users can share the estimated number of people reached and value of communication activities. Be sure to read the instructions included on the first sheet for helpful hints before using.

Expert Panel Meeting on Communicating about Overweight/Obesity with Hispanic Audience – Summary Report (2017) pdf icon[PDF-432KB]
This report summarizes discussions at a CDC expert panel on key lessons learned about communicating with Hispanic audiences about overweight and obesity.

Expert Panel Meeting on Communicating about Overweight/Obesity with African American Populations – Executive Summary (2015) pdf icon[PDF-1.1MB]
This summary provides key observations and recommendations from an expert panel convened by the CDC on environmental factors that affect obesity and obesity-related communication with African American audiences.

State and Community Health Media Center (Media Center)
This website provides a collection of multimedia tools on various health topics that can be used to complement community health messaging and education outreach.

Success Story Generator
Use this online tool to develop success stories and initiatives for policymakers, public health practitioners, partners and others to promote your program efforts.

Testing Core Community Health Messages with the Public pdf icon[PDF-319KB]
This executive summary of research findings details CDC’s efforts to better understand how to effectively communicate with the public about community health and relevant issues.

Making the Business Case for Prevention Video Series
Watch and share a selection of online videos that address community health and chronic disease prevention.

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