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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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KU Graduate and Former Center Colleague Chuck Sepers Speaks about Serving as Appleton, Wisconsin's New Health Officer During the Pandemic

When the city council voted in January to hire Chuck Sepers as Appleton's new health officer, the city was experiencing its worst COVID-19 surge yet.
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Douglas County Health Equity: Voices from Our Community Report Released

Conversations illuminate residents’ experiences of prejudice and racism, and lived experiences with the social determinants of health.
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Center alumna Marvia Jones named director of Kansas City Health Department

We couldn’t be prouder of Dr. Marvia Jones, who is taking the helm as the Director of the KCMO Health Department February 14. 
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ThrYve Helping Improve Transit Options for Underserved Youth in Kansas City

"This project is a collaboration between the The University of Kansas, the Kansas City Public Library, KC Digital Drive, Thryve KC, Keystone Innovations and numerous community organizations, such as schools, mobility providers and local governments.

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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Capacity Building Trainings

People taking action need skills in core areas including assessment, planning, advocacy, evaluation, and sustainability.
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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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Facilitation of Community Processes

Our experience includes small and large group facilitation, including coalition meetings, board retreats, town hall meetings/ listening sessions, focus groups, PhotoVoice initiatives, and collaborative community planning.
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