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Resources for Developing, Implementing, Tracking, and Evaluating Health Improvement Strategies

  • Community Tool Box: University of Kansas resource provides tips and tools for taking action in communities and evaluating progress.
  • Dentist Recruitment through Community Engagement: A guide using valuable lessons experienced from a rural Iowa community in need of a dentist. Learn how your community can showcase their assets to attract and retain dental providers. 
  • Diet, Obesity and Weight: The University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting solutions to childhood obesity, poor diet, and weight bias through research and policy.
  • Diet, Obesity, and Weight: CDC's list of proven strategies that support healthy eating, physical activity, and breastfeeding in child care, health care, school, worksite, and community-wide settings.
  • Disability Resources Database - Iowa Compass: A free information and referral service for Iowans with disabilities, their families and service providers. Search for disability services and resources by category, condition or population, service, agency or program using your zip code or city. You can also find all service providers by county and a comprehensive list of all services A to Z.
  • Guide to Community Preventive Services: View the slide presentation, Using the Guide to Community Preventive Services.pdf, to learn how this CDC guide can help hospitals, public health agencies, and other stakeholders make decisions about adopting evidence-based strategies for improving community health.
  • Healthy People Tools & Resources: Get started implementing Healthy People in your community with tools and resources for planning a successful public health intervention. Whether you are new to the field or just brushing up on your knowledge, the Program Planning section of Healthy People's Tools & Resources section walks you through the basics of planning, implementing, and tracking public health programs.
  • Sexual Health Education Toolkit: Videos, community resources, lesson plans, and fact sheets to promote wellness developed by the Sexual Health Alliance of Linn and Johnson Counties.
  • What Works for Health: Comprehensive information from the County Health Rankings initiative to help communities select and implement evidence-informed policies, programs, and systems change. The identified policies and programs are organized by specific health factors of interest (e.g., alcohol use under “Health Behaviors,” access to care under “Clinical Care,” community safety under “Social and Economic Factors,” etc.), or by the primary user (e.g., by community leader, health care professional, government official, educator).
  • What Works? Strategies to Improve Rural Health provides proven and innovative solutions communities can implement locally to improve health behaviors, clinical care, the physical environment, and the social & economic circumstances that affect health.

Page last reviewed: June 30, 2021.

Page last updated: September 28, 2020.

Content source: Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Public Health Performance


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