As a companion to the online course titled Partnering4Health: Approaches to Sustaining Healthy Communities, SOPHE has developed a toolkit to provide guidance and resources for those who seek to carry out the sustainability activities described in the course. Whereas the online course provides guidance about the steps that can be taken to ensure sustainability, the toolkit provides the tools and resources that can help public health professionals and educators, community-based organizations, and community members who are passionate about improving the health of their communities to take those steps toward sustaining healthy communities.
The HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities outlines goals and actions. The Department of Health and Human Services will take to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities.
The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.Topics covered include community assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, advocacy, and others. There are 46 Chapters that offer practical, step-by-step guidance in community-building skills as well as 16 toolkits which offer short outlines for key tasks.
Nearly every community across the United States is plagued by auto-dominated arterials and commercial corridors that add pollution, ugliness, and danger to the metropolitan landscape.With a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ULI will be investigating best practices to reinvent under-performing suburban and urban arterials in health-promoting ways. This work will help advance efforts to foster places that promote health for the people who live, work, and travel on these streets.
Understanding the relationship between culture and communication is essential to meeting the needs of diverse populations and improving health care and results. With proper training, teaching materials, and reinforcement, health organizations can address the cultural and language differences between the people who provide information or services and the people they serve. Health professionals and educators can use the Primer for teaching cultural competency as a starting point. The Primer Cultural Competency and Health Literacy guide provides teaching tools to improve cross-cultural communications skills, deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare services to diverse populations, and develop programs and policies to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities.
“Step into Nature” is more than a summary of best practices and implementation recommendations; the guide is a call to action for public health professionals, urban planners, architects, developers, and residents to design healthier cities.