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Let's Discuss! Measuring Community Health

Often programs designed to improve the health of individuals, communities and populations are focused solely on individual diseases or risk factors.  This is often appropriate, but there are also great opportunities to broaden our focus and improve our outcomes.  The cyber-seminar speakers posed the question of whether we could better engage and empower multiple stakeholders to work together to improve their communities health, its determinants and equity if the functional health, and the social, environmental, behavioral and health care determinants of a community were also measured and reported.

April's cyber-seminar explored tools and resources, such as the County Health Rankings, to measure the health of a community and ways that have the potential to stimulate this multi-stakeholder engagement, and to serve as a focus for ongoing efforts to improve community health and health equity.

Now it is your turn to share your experience and knowledge...ask a question of the speakers or your fellow R2R members, share your stories of how you are working across sectors to measure and improve health in your community.  What lessons have you learned or tools have you used that others might benefit from?

Join us in the discussion!

If you missed the live seminar, the archive will be approximately one week following the live session.  Watch and then come share your thoughts.

In one of the comments on the webinar Julianne shared a resource that they have used in FL called the Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH).  She mentioned it as a great methodolgy to apply in communities to address environmental health issues in communities, build social capital, and empower communities who need to improve health outcomes.  For those interested, the link for the protocol is below:

http://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/programs/PACE-EH/PACE-EH.htm

Let us know of other resources you or your community have used or additional questions you might have for the speakers or participants.

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps team hosted its first webinar in the new Take Action Cycle on Tuesday, April 17th. The series is designed to help communities take action to improve local health.

Watch the recording and/or download handouts from the webinar.

 

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