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Many great resources for working collaboratively on health issues can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), especially its Community Health Improvement Navigator; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) (including the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps site supported by RWJF, with its action center); The Practical Playbook; The Community Toolbox; and Community CommonsWatch and listen to the official launch webinar showing the tool and describing its use.

When you’re ready to host your own Health and Well-being for All event, see our Tips page for advice based on real-world use of the materials. 

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Here are a few specific resources we found helpful in creating the Health and Well-Being For All meeting-in-a-box:







VIDEO: students comment about their experience using
the Health and Well-Being for All Meeting-in-a-box.

Resources by Step
Step 1:Seeing the Bigger Picture
Begin to see the interrelationships among the parts of a whole

  • Social Determinants of Health: Know What Affects Health > Learn More
  • Social Determinants of Health: RWJF supports research and initiatives that are bringing forth new insights into the social and economic factors which most affect health, and empowering communities to take action. > Learn More
  • The Vulnerable Population Footprint tool allows you to locate areas of concern for vulnerable populations and health disparities in a community based on spatial visualization of two key indicators, poverty rate and educational attainment. > Learn More

Step 2: Focusing on What’s Important
Determine and communicate the magnitude of the problem

  • Focus on What's Important: The key concepts and tools listed on this page underscore the importance of addressing factors that impact health in order to focus CHI efforts and prioritize community health needs.> Learn More
  • Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI 2015) is an interactive web application that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment. > Learn More
  • County Health Rankings & Roadmaps: The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors in nearly every county in America. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. The Roadmaps provide guidance and tools to understand the data, and strategies that communities can use to move from education to action. > Learn More
  • Common Data Sources: The use of data is integral to the enterprise of population health improvement. This page presents seven data sources partners should consider sharing and merging for selecting a health outcome, describing the nature of the problem using data, engaging additional partners, or monitoring and evaluating a partnership. > Learn More
  • Select a Health Outcome: Collaborative teams begin by gathering, sharing, and studying data on health issues affecting their patients and their communities. Listed are four ways partners can focus on what’s important in their community. > Learn More

Step 3: Finding Others Who Care
Harness the power of champions and recognize impacted groups, organizations and settings

  • Work Together: This page lists key concepts and tools to enhance collaborative work. > Learn More
  • Use Data to Engage Partners: The use of data for collaborative population health improvement starts with engagement and alignment. > Learn More

Step 4: Walking A Mile In Someone Else’s Shoes
Empower a coalition of the willing

  • Communicate: Here you will find tools to promote ongoing and open communication between stakeholders. > Learn More
  • Organize & Prepare: Here you will find resources about engaging partners and setting up meetings. > Learn More
  • Creating and Maintaining Partnerships, from The Community Toolbox. This toolkit provides guidance for creating a partnership among different organizations to address a common goal. > Learn More
  • Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing: Understanding the Stages of Team Formation, a model developed by psychologist Bruce Tuckman to describe the path that most teams follow on their way to high performance. > Learn More

Step 5: Acting on What’s Important
Develop and document a future vision that’s desired and then implement your plan

  • Act on What's Important: After selecting an intervention set, work with partners to carry out a coordinated, collaborative combination of activities. > Learn More
  • Database of Interventions: CDC’s CHI Navigator Database of Interventions is a tool that helps you identify interventions that work in four action areas—socioeconomic factors, physical environment, health behaviors, and clinical care. It provides leaders and stakeholders with options to consider when making decisions about how to invest in their community and address its health needs. > Learn More
  • The Health in All Policies (HiAP) Resource Center was created to house practical and engaging HiAP tools and resources to achieve better health for individuals, families, and communities. The use of filters allows the user to build an individualized search based on a specific public health focus, geographic scope, and/or sector. > Learn More
  • Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Worksheet from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. > Learn More

Step 6: Communicating Your Vision and Mission
Sell it, sell it, sell it.

Sustain Your Project. > Learn More

Implementing a Social Marketing Effort: This toolkit assists in developing a social marketing effort to promote adoption and use of innovations. > Learn More


Resources by Module

Gang Violence Resources

  • Video: The Wraparound Project, the source of inspiration for the gang violence module > Watch Video
  • Special Report: Violence Prevention. RWJF and USA Today profile violence prevention as an urgent health priority. > Learn More
  • The Prevention Institute, Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth (UNITY). The Unity Roadmap is a resource to help cities prevent violence before it occurs by mapping out solutions to effectively and sustainably prevent violence. > View the Roadmap
  • “Changing Course: Preventing Gang Membership,” provides insights into the risk factors and reasons for kids joining gangs and offers key principles for prevention. > Learn More
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences Resources. > Learn More
  • Early versions of the Gang Violence case study were based on “A Walk in the Woods, A Step-by-Step Method to Guide Interest-Based Negotiation and Conflict Resolution,” by Leonard J. Marcus, PhD and Barry C. Dorn, MD, MHCM. > Learn More

Asthma Resources

  • National Asthma Control Program (CDC). > Learn More
  • Resources for Health Professionals and Schools. > Learn More
  • The 6|18 Initiative: Accelerating Evidence into Action: CDC’s “6|18” initiative targets six common and costly health conditions – tobacco use, high blood pressure, healthcare-associated infections, asthma, unintended pregnancies, and diabetes – and 18 proven specific interventions that formed the starting point of discussions with purchasers, payers, and providers. > Learn More
  • Asthma in the US, Vital Signs (2011). > Learn More
  • Article: Social Determinants: Taking the Social Context of Asthma Seriously
    David R. Williams, PhD, MPH, Michelle Sternthal, MA, and Rosalind J. Wright, MD, MPH. Pediatrics. 2009 Mar; 123(Suppl 3): S174–S184. doi: 10.1542/peds.2008-2233H > Read the Article

Obesity Resources

  • Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Overweight & Obesity Resources: CDC's Obesity efforts focus on policy and environmental strategies to make healthy eating and active living accessible and affordable for everyone. > Learn More
  • Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States (CDC). > Learn More
  • Vital Signs, “Obesity.” > Learn More
  • The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), “Why Low-Income and Food Insecure People are Vulnerable to Obesity.” > Learn More
  • Walk with a Doc. The mission of this non-profit organization is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. > Learn More
  • Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food—Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences: Report to Congress. > Learn More

Workforce Training & Education Resources

  • Institute of Medicine (IOM), A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health (2016). > Learn More
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Integrating Public Health in Health Professions Education: A Resource List for Students, Educators and Health Professionals, May 2013. This is a compiled list of resources (e.g., peer-reviewed articles, competencies and standards, teaching materials) for health professional students, educators, and health professionals to learn more about issues affecting individuals at a population level, to become more familiar with other population health issues, to integrate public health into existing curricula, and for increased collaboration with public health. > Learn More
  • Population Health Milestones in Graduate Medical Education: The Milestones aim to provide a framework for training residents and fellows in population health improvement, and fill the gap for available curricula and materials to support that work. > Learn More