Update March 2019: The CHI Journey Hub no longer exists on Community Commons. However you can see our new tools and resources at CHNA and CHA Tools: Community Assessment Starts Here.
Other resources you might find useful:
- Here’s What You Can Do on Community Commons Now
- The Community Commons Map Room is where – with just a few clicks – you’re on your way to looking at visual data of your community.
- Our Member Gallery is a great place to see what other communities are doing with the data, stories, and collections available on the Commons.
Communities across the country are engaging in the vitally important work of becoming healthier in order to improve quality of life and reduce health care costs. To assist with this process, a Community Health Improvement (CHI) Journey has been developed and is publicly available in a Community Commons Hub for all to use.
The Community Health Improvement (CHI) Hub (which includes the CHI Journey) is a collection of decision support tools targeted at community coalitions or other multisectoral groups (including public health, government, healthcare, business, educators, non-profits, and community developers) that are working collaboratively to improve the health of their communities. The audience mirrors the stakeholders that DCH has funded and worked with through community initiatives for the past 15 years. It builds on knowledge gained in working with communities. Through the use of health equity maps, socioeconomic and health status data, the CHI Hub places health equity and community engagement at the forefront of the community health improvement conversation and facilitates data-driven decision making toward sustainable health improvement efforts.
The Hub offers the following tools to help target areas for intervention and assess outcomes:
- Mapping tools: that track risk factors and other vital statistics to help tell the story of community needs and assets.
- Health indicator reports: which can be customized to highlight priority issues.
- The Forum: a conversation space to share resources, gather information, and ask fellow stakeholders questions.
To help you get started with some of these tools and concepts, take a look at the Journey Companion Guide. This downloadable guide will give you in depth information about each stage of the Journey and will provide overarching questions that may help you or your coalition through the CHI Process.
Hub users also have access to a variety of resources and documents to reference as work progresses, such as:
- Principles to Consider for the Implementation of a CHNA Process
- A Practitioner’s Guide for Advancing Health Equity
- Some Recommended Practices for Enhancing Community Health Improvement
The Hub is a free resource to all users and access is as simple as becoming a member of Community Commons and joining the Hub.
Funding for this project has been provided by the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC – U38OT000203-01). NNPHI, the Public Health Institute, and IP3 have collaborated with the Division of Community Health within the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion on this project. The views and opinions of these authors are not necessarily those of CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).