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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

Josh Harsin receives dissertation award from the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research

Congratulations to our Center colleague Josh Harsin, mentored by

'ThrYve' program works to prevent violence among youth in KCK through community engagement

"ThrYve, a local group in partnership with the University of Kansas Health System, says they are working to prevent violent crime among youth.

KU Health System's 'Revive' program part of network to prevent youth violence in KCK

According to the Wyandotte County Health Department, homicide is the number one cause of death for people ages 15 to 44 in Wyandotte. The county sees more violence in general, and among its youth, than neighboring counties across Kansas.

CDC-Funded Research Project at KU to Evaluate Initiatives to Reduce Youth Violence in Kansas City Metro Area

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has awarded the University of Kansas a grant to establish one of only five federally funded national centers of excellence on youth violence prevention.


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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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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World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Community Health and Development

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World Health Organization Collaborating Centre

KU's WHO Collaborating Centre for Community Health and Development received official designation by the World Health Organization in 2004. During these nearly 20 years, the Centre has worked to promote health and development with local and global partners.

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The Community Tool Box is about empowering people with tools to change our world. Visit the Tool Box to discover thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action on issues that matter.

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