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 National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity provides a common set of goals and objectives for public and private sector initiatives and partnerships to help racial and ethnic minorities — and other underserved groups — reach their full health potential.
Tools and recommendations to improve health equity.
The AARP Public Policy Institute is developing a web-based tool, the Livability Index that will incorporate mapping technology, preference survey results, quantitative measures and public policies to assess the livability of communities. The tool will use nationally available data to measure several essential attributes of livability, engage stakeholders, and draw attention to livability issues specific to the wants and needs of older adults.
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.
Guide and coalition development tools
The Division of Community Health (DCH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted message testing as part of formative evaluation efforts (“audience research”) to better understand how to most effectively communicate with the public and interested stakeholders about community health and relevant issues. The message testing assessed the reactions and opinions of key audiences to messages that relate to the scope and objectives of the work of DCH and its programs. The findings will help inform current and future DCH-, partner-,and awardee-lead communication initiatives to increase resonance and understanding.
This 50-page toolkit is designed to provide local physical activity coordinators, transportation coordinators, and planners with the steps needed to create successful Active Community Environments.