Our mission: supporting community health and development through collaborative research and evaluation, teaching and training, and technical support and capacity building.

Since 2004, the Center for Community Health and Development has been continually designated as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Community Health and Development.

Recent Highlights:

Community Tool Box is featured in a report comparing online resources, from the Georgia Health Policy Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

"The majority of assessed platforms (23 of 27) offer publicly available, web-based resources. Less than one-third of platforms (8 of 27) offer a structured framework to guide the use of tools and resources, and even fewer (4 of 27) provide comprehensive technical assistance. Only Community Tool Box and County Health Rankings & Roadmaps offer all four, core components." Read the report.

Steve Fawcett's PAHO video lecture on Health Promotion and Human Security

Steve Fawcett, Co-Director of KU’s World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Community Health and Development, developed a video lecture on “Health Promotion and Human Security.“ This was prepared for the Pan American Health Organization’s online course on “Health and Human Security.” 

Action Tool Kit Launched in the Africa Region

A toolkit aimed at helping both health and non-health professionals to better address the root causes of what makes people sick or healthy has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the African Region. This toolkit drew on KU's Community Tool Box. More...

Identifying and Understanding Benchmarks of Success among Community Health Systems Improvement Initiatives

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this project will provide a deeper understanding of milestones in the development of coalitions and other community health improvement efforts. With an extensive history of research and evaluation in this area, the KU Work Group is in a unique position to summarize the literature, and provide a systematic analysis of data from several hundred community health improvement initiatives spanning a 25-year history of supporting and evaluating community coalitions in the US and beyond. More ...


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