World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas
Redesignation of WHO Collaborating Centre at KU through 2016 (PDF)
View the faculty and staff involved, the revised terms of reference, and proposed work plan for the WHO Collaborating Centre for Community Health and Development at KU.>
These colleagues help support the mission of the WHO Collaborating Centre at KU.
Logic Model for the WHO Collaborating Centre at KU (PDF)
This outlines the activities, outputs, and intended outcomes of the Centre.
Mission and Objectives
The mission of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre at KU is to promote community health and development through capacity building, participatory research, and co-learning in a global community.
The WHO Centre at the University of Kansas has two primary objectives:
- Build capacity for community health and development globally using expanded resources of the Community Tool Box (CTB).
- Use participatory research methods to expand the evidence base for how communities create conditions that promote health and health equity.
This work is being accomplished in collaboration with colleagues at WHO (World Health Organization), PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) and other WHO Regional Offices, and partners in participating communities and collaborating centres globally.
To help build capacity for community health and development, we draw on the vast resources of the existing Internet-based Community Tool Box (CTB). Developed by KU researchers, the CTB contains over 7,000 pages of practical information for skills related to community assessment, strategic planning, intervention, evaluation, advocacy, and sustaining the effort. Used by over 2.2 million unique users from over 200 countries worldwide—from Kansas to Kenya—the CTB helps to enhance skills of professionals and local leaders working to improve community health and development. The structure of the CTB supports multiple languages, and content is currently available in English and Spanish; and in Arabic (by June 2013)
Expanding the Evidence Base
Since 1990, the KU Work Group has used a common method system of participatory research to examine two core research questions: a) What factors or processes affect change in communities and systems and b) Under what conditions are community/system changes associated with improvements in population-level outcomes (e.g., lower rates of substance abuse or higher rates of physical activity or healthy nutrition). To make this work easier, we have developed the Community Check Box that permits: a) Documentation of community and system change (i.e., new or modified programs, policies and practices related to local or regional efforts), b) Analysis of the contribution of community/system changes to population-level outcomes (e.g., amount of change by goal, sector, strategy, place), and c) Real-time feedback on progress (e.g., time-series graphs of the rate of change; pie charts of changes by goal or sector).
KU WHO Collaborating Centre members Dr. Stephen Fawcett and Ithar Hassaballa
launched the Action Toolkit for Social Determinants in September 2016
at the WHO Regional Office in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, Africa.
Contributing to Global Health and Human Development
Taken together, the WHO Collaborating Centre at KU offers integrated capabilities for:
- Building capacity (e.g., learning skills for the work of community health and development)
- Documentation and participatory research (e.g., on-line documentation, graphing, analysis of contribution, and reporting)
- Co-learning and adjustments (e.g., participatory evaluation).
In collaboration with partners, we hope to contribute to local and global efforts to promote health and health equity.