Helping Build Healthy Communities

Toolkit (Sustainability)

Toolkit for “Approaches to Sustaining Healthy Communities”

Program Areas

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.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments / Disclaimers
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
    • The National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention Program
    • Focus on Sustainability
    • Overview of the Toolkit
  • Approaches to Sustainability
    • Developing and Implementing Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Change Strategies
    • Building Coalitions and Partnerships
    • Establishing a Home for Healthy Communities Work
    • Developing Communication Strategies
    • Building Coalition Members’ Skills
    • Developing Social Marketing Strategies
  • Conclusion
  • Tools
    • Tool A – Tool to Assess Community Resources for Physical Activity
    • Tool B – Stakeholder Analysis Matrix
    • Tool C – Model Commitment Letter
    • Tool D – Coalition Action Plan Template
    • Tool E – Checklist for Becoming a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization
    • Tool F – SMART Goals and Objectives Worksheet
    • Tool G – Communication Planning Template
    • Tool H – Press Release Template
    • Tool I – Training Needs Assessment
  • Additional Resources.
  • Endnotes
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Funding for this project was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through DP14-1418: National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention. The views expressed in written materials or publications do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.