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Working together to transform environments and conditions to assure health and well-being for all.

About the Center

Our Mission

Supporting community health and development through collaborative research and evaluation, teaching and training, and technical support and capacity building.

Recent Highlights

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Examining the Capacity of the Juvenile Justice System in Wyandotte County’s Judicial District #29

The juvenile justice system for JD #29 in Wyandotte County was examined with the aim of enhancing the capacity to systematically collect and use data to inform decision-making.
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KU Researchers Develop New Toolkit for Social Justice Action

The Justice Action Toolkit distills the helpful resources from the Community Tool Box for those seeking to create social change.
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Dr. Jomella Watson-Thompson is the featured guest on American Public Square at Jewell's "Both Sides."

Dr. Watson-Thompson discusses Thryve, a community-level approach to preventing youth violence. Dr.
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Researchers Join with Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health to Monitor and Evaluate COVID-19 Response

Our center is partnering with Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health and other community organizations to evaluate the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Services

The Center for Community Health and Development offers a variety of services to support the work of promoting community health and development.

Community Check Box Evaluation System

A web-based recording, measurement, and reporting tool for community work that helps practitioners document their community change efforts and share success stories with funders and other stakeholders.
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Evaluation

Our Center provides support and evaluation services for local, state, national, and international initiatives.
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Community Tool Box Training Curriculum

Our center has developed a training curriculum based on the Community Tool Box that outlines 16 competencies for promoting community health and development.
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Community Health Assessment and Planning

Our center employs a multi-method, collaborative approach to assessing community needs and resources.
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Capacity Building Trainings

People taking action need skills in core areas including assessment, planning, advocacy, evaluation, and sustainability.
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Customized Community WorkStations

WorkStations provide integrated supports for building capacity, documenting and evaluating efforts, and co-learning within and among community initiatives.
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