Tools & Resources

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Building a Contact List

Building a Contact List (from CHR&R) can help you target your outreach across sectors to people who have an investment in seeing improved health. It can be found in Work Together under Work Together to Address Health Inequities and ...

Possible Community Health Indicators

This tool (from Community Tool Box) describes what community needs and resources are and why, when and how to identify them. It includes a variety of indicators (e.g., children in poverty, unemployment rate), what they are an indicator of (e.g., social environment, prosperity), and potential sources of data (e.g., Census, state employment office).  

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Sphere of Influence

This tool (from CHR&R) helps you identify personal connections with the people who know the decision-makers.  It asks who do you know who knows the key decision-makers? Your answers will help to build advocacy for the policy or system change you desire. It can be found in multiple locations in the Action...

Hernando, MS

The 2011 County Health Rankings classified Desoto County as the healthiest county in Mississippi for health outcomes and the fifth-healthiest county for health factors, with lower unemployment rates, higher education rates and greater access to healthy food compared to the rest of the state. Yet much more work needs to be done to improve the health of Desoto County, as one-third of its adults are obese and Mississippi, overall, has the highest obesity rates in the nation.

San Bernardino County, CA

The 2011 County Health Rankings ranked San Bernardino County—which spans more than 20,000 square miles and a population of more than 2 million—50th out of 56 California counties in health factors like physical environment, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care.
But initial disappointment over its low ranking didn’t prevent the San Bernardino County Health Department from seeing the County Health Rankings as an opportunity to strengthen its current health improvement initiatives and persuade policymakers of the need for change.

Wyandotte County, KS

For Wyandotte County, KS, Mayor Joe Reardon, the County Health Rankings were a wake-up call. After seeing Wyandotte's low rank in the Rankings report, he worked with other local stakeholders to create a Healthy Communities initiative to focus not only on just health care but on the overall health of his community.

Clare County, MI

In Michigan, Health Director Mary Kushion seized Clare County’s poor performance in the County Health Rankings as an opportunity to host a public health summit and begin generating ideas for improving the health of the six counties served by the Central Michigan District Health Department.