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:

Kansas City Youth Violence Prevention Project Featured on KCUR Up to Date

Listen to the November 20 KCUR Up to Date program featuring Jomella Watson-Thompson as she shares about the exciting new KCK Youth Prevention Project.

Healthy Communities Study Findings Shared at APHA

Associate director Vicki Collie-Akers and other members of the Healthy Communities Study presented findings about what communities are doing across the US to prevent or address childhood obesity at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting in Atlanta.

New Action Planning Guide

The KU Center for Community Health & Development is proud to partner with the KU Research & Training Center on Independent Living to offer a new resource entitled "Your Action Planning Guide for Promoting Full Community Participation Among People with Disabilities: A Resource for Independent Living Centers and Other Community-based Initiatives."

WHO-PAHO Healthy Communities Action Toolkit

Senior advisor Stephen Fawcett recently collaborated with the Pan American Health Organization on developing the WHO-PAHO Healthy Cities Action Toolkit, to provide guidance for taking action in promoting healthy cities, municipalities, and communities. The toolkit provides questions to consider, key activities and examples, and resources to help you with health promotion work in your community. This work is part of the KU Center’s World Health Organization Collaboration Centre. Access the toolkit in both English and Spanish.

Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Spearheaded by the Community Development Division of Battle Creek, MI, Jerry Schultz, one of the founders of the Community Tool Box and co-director of the KU Center for Community Health and Development, offered a week-long onsite "train the trainer" workshop covering core skills for community building.

Live Twitter Q&A with Macro Social Work

Community Tool Box director Christina Holt participated in a live Twitter Q&A with Macro Social Work changemakers on Sept. 28th. "Build Your #MacroSW Toolbox!" generated 655 tweets and over 1.8 million impressions. You can view the archive of the chat here.

Video: "Stoplights Don't Stop Us!"

In “Stoplights Don’t Stop Us!”, people with disabilities discuss how they advocated for change in their community to reduce barriers to participation. They received support from the Center for Community Health and Development and the Resource Center for Independent Living as part of a research project that looked at the effects of capacity-building training on community change and improvement efforts.

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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