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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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Founding Director Dr. Stephen Fawcett shares his journey over nearly 50 years

“A Reflection on Community Research and Action as an Evolving Practice” was just published in the special issue of Behavioral Community Psychology Behavioral and Social Issues. The focus is on three types of influence, and highlights the nature of the field’s evolution.
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KU Center Appraises Douglas County's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

A new paper by researchers at the Center for Community Health and Development, an academic health department within the University of Kansas 
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KU Awarded $1 million to Help Connect Underrepresented KC Youths With ‘Out-of-School’ Opportunities

A team led by KU researchers has received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help underrepresented Kansas City youths connect with transportation services for enriching out-of-school opportunities. KU is partnering with a number of organizations on the project, including the…
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ThrYve Partnering in KU Grant Awarded to Study Transportation Needs for Underrepresented Youths in KC Area

The University of Kansas has received a federal planning grant for a project aimed at helping Kansas City leaders figure out how to connect underserved teens to out-of-school activities and opportunities. Under the guidance of Dr.


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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