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“SMOG” Readability Test

The Simplified Measure of Gobbledygook, or “SMOG,” is a tool that was created by G Harry McLaughlin in 1969. The SMOG estimates the number of years of education a person needs to understand a given text based on the number of sentences and syllables.

#BlackLivesMatter — A Challenge to the Medical and Public Health Communities

Recommended Reading from the September 2015 Log-in2Learn Webinar: Bassett, M. T. (2015). # BlackLivesMatter—A Challenge to the Medical and Public Health Communities. New England Journal of Medicine, 372(12), 1085-1087.

Adapting Evidence-based Behavioral Interventions for New Settings and Target Populations

Many HIV prevention funding agencies require the use of evidence-based behavioral interventions (EBIs) previously shown to be effective through rigorous outcome evaluation. Often, the implementing agency’s setting or target population is different than those in the original implementation and evaluation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, in collaboration with internal…

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

ACEEE is an nonprofit dedicated to advancing energy efficiency for economic prosperity and environmental protection. The ACEEE offers a variety of energy efficiency “portals” for visitors to peruse in order to learn about energy consumption and existing energy efficiency policies across multiple sectors in the US. News and blog articles, publications (research reports), and a calendar of events, focused on…

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Peer Training Program

An intervention for mental health promotion to address prejudice and harassment among adolescents.

APHA’s “What is Public Health?”

The APHA’s introductory page describes the field of public health and how it intersects across multiple sectors to promote livelihoods and well being.

ASPPH: “What is Public Health?”

An introduction to public health and its impact. Developed by the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health.

Association for Energy Affordability

An organization that aims to bring energy efficiency to new and existing buildings as a way to promote and maintain affordable and healthy housing and communities. This organization’s work is focused on engaging a range of educational, technical, and construction management activities and services to improve low-income housing and communities. Programs offered include: “energy audits,…

Best Practices, Promising Practice, and Local Efforts

Database of Best Practice (i.e., Evidence-Based), Promising Practice, Local Effort, Resources, and Policies occurring among American Indian/Alaska Native communities, schools, work sites, health centers/clinics, and hospitals. The purpose of this inventory is to: -Assist American Indian/Alaska Native communities with getting the information and health services they need; -Improve informed consultation with Tribal and Urban programs by…

Campbell Collaboration

Campbell Systematic Reviews is the peer-reviewed online monograph series of systematic reviews prepared under the editorial control of the Campbell Collaboration. Campbell Systematic Reviews follow structured guidelines and standards for summarizing the international research evidence on the effects of interventions in crime and justice, education, international development, and social welfare. They seek to bring about…

CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator

The CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator (CHI Navigator) is a website for people who lead or participate in CHI work within hospitals and health systems, public health agencies, and other community organizations. It is a one-stop-shop that offers community stakeholders expert-vetted tools and resources for: -Depicting visually the who, what, where, and how of improving…

CDC Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals

Training module for public health professionals on the fundamentals of health literacy.

CDC Health Literacy Information and Tools

A site that provides information and tools to improve health literacy and public health. Developed by CDC.

CDC Tools for Cross-Cultural Communication and Language Access Can Help Organizations Address Health Literacy and Improve Communication Effectiveness

Site offers tools to support and develop health communication that recognizes and bridges cultural differences. Developed by the CDC.

Community Change in Public Health

Massive Open Online Course from John Hopkins University that provides an overview of how public health practice can engage communities to impact population health outcomes.

Community Tool Box, Cultural Competence and Community Building, Chapter 27 “Cultural Competence in a Multicultural World”, Section 2 Building Relationships with People from Different Cultures

Site describes how to foster relationships and communicate effectively through cultural competence. From Community Tool Box.

Community Tool Box, Overview, Chapter 2 “Other Models for Promoting Community Health and Development”

A comprehensive resource from the Community Tool Box on how logic models guide and support the work of community and system change.

Community-Based Participatory Research to Reduce Cancer Disparities: Promise & Pitfalls

Archived Webinar from the Michigan Public Health Training Center describing community-based participatory research conducted by the Deep South Network for Cancer Control to address cancer disparities.

Comparative Effectiveness of a Faith-Based HIV Intervention for African American Women: Importance of Enhancing Religious Social Capital

Recommended reading from the February 2016 Log-in and Learn Webinar: Wingood, G. M., Robinson, L. R., Braxton, N. D., Er, D. L., Conner, A. C., Renfro, T. L., … & DiClemente, R. J. (2013). Comparative effectiveness of a faith-based HIV intervention for African American women: Importance of enhancing religious social capital. American journal of public health,…

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

An overview of the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals. Developed by the Public Health Foundation.

Criminal (in) justice in the city and its associated health consequences

Recommended Reading for January 2016 Log-in and Learn Webinar: Golembeski, C., & Fullilove, R. (2005). Criminal (in) justice in the city and its associated health consequences. American Journal of Public Health, 95(10), 1701-1706.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency

A comprehensive resource of incentive programs and tax credits, deductions, and exemptions for energy efficiency and renewables.

Developing Evidence-Based Programs (WISH, Module 4)

The fourth training of six in the “Women’s Integrated Systems for Health (WISH) Online Training Series” put out by the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, which focuses on providing evidence-based practices and policies that improve women’s health outcomes.

Diagnosis and surgical delays in African American and white women with early-stage breast cancer

  Recommended reading from the November 2015 Log-in and Learn Webinar: George, P., Chandwani, S., Gabel, M., Ambrosone, C. B., Rhoads, G., Bandera, E. V., & Demissie, K. (2015). Diagnosis and surgical delays in African American and white women with early-stage breast cancer. Journal of Women’s Health, 24(3), 209-217.

Embracing Equity in Community Health Improvement

Policy and Practice Report from Health Resources in Action (   Embracing Equity Policy and Practice Report

Fundamentos para la Crianza

Un programa replicable, listo para la difusión de educación, crianza y la capacitación que se puede utilizar para apoyar a los padres inmigrantes de niños de todas las edades. Español:

Green and Healthy Homes Initiative

The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative offers tips and details on how to address common health hazards in one’s own home to promote clean, healthy, and safe homes. Articles include tips to help families consume less energy and create homes free of health and safety hazards.

Health and Society

A 12-week HarvardX course that provides a general overview of social determinants and their impact on population health.

Health Equity Assessment Tool (HEAT)

The Health Equity Assessment Tool (HEAT) is a planning tool that improves the ability of mainstream health policies, programs and services to promote health equity. HEAT is used for assessing the potential for health interventions to reduce health inequalities. The tool consists of a set of 10 questions that enable the assessment of policies, programs…

Health Equity Change Makers Toolkit

Through Heath Equity Change Makers, the Office of Minority Health is sharing compelling personal stories that illustrate the far-reaching impact of health disparities – and the ways that we all, as individuals, in our families and communities, and as a nation – are making change happen every day. This toolkit is designed to provide ideas…

Health Equity Resource Toolkit for State Practitioners Addressing Obesity Disparities

Obesity has been on the rise in the United States over the past three decades, and is high. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) promotes evidence-based and practice-informed strategies to address nutrition and physical activity environments and behaviors. To provide health practitioners with a systematic approach to program planning using a health equity…

Health Equity: A Public Health Essential

This course by the Empire State Public Health Training Center provides a broad overview of social determinants of health, their influence in creating health disparities, and community-based approaches to addressing health equity.

Health in All Policies Training Tool

This training tool, developed by a work group from the New Mexico Public Health Association (NMPHA), includes resources, videos, communications tools, and other multimedia and interactive features to support an understanding of health in all policies.

Healthy Food Access in Urban Areas: Barriers and Solutions

Archived Grand Rounds presentation from Johns Hopkins University discussing barriers and potential solutions for healthy food access issues in urban areas.

HIV/AIDS and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the United States: Understanding the Context and Promising Approaches to Close the Gaps

Archived webcast from the University of Michigan’s Public Health Training Center presents epidemiologic data regarding the state of HIV/AIDS in the US, focusing on the impact in African American communities.

Immigration and Low Birthweight in the US: The Role of Time and Timing

Recommended reading from the March 2015 Log-in and Learn Webinar: Bates, L.M. & Teitler, J.O. (2008). Immigration and low birthweight in the US: The role of time and timing (Working Paper No. 2008-15-FF).

Improvements in HIV Care Engagement and Viral Load Suppression Following Enrollment in a Comprehensive HIV Care Coordination Program

Recommended reading from the December 2015 Log-in and Learn Webinar: Irvine et al. Improvements in HIV Care Engagement and Viral Load Suppression Following Enrollment in a Comprehensive HIV Care Coordination Program. CID, 60(2), 298–310.

Income Rankings

This income calculator reports children in poverty and income inequaity by county in each state.  These measures are strong indicators of income, which has a profound impact on health and well being.

Interventions for Enhancing Consumers’ Online Health Literacy

This systematic review from the Cochrane Collaboration aims to assess the effects of interventions for enhancing consumers’ online health literacy, including skills to search, evaluate, and use online health information.

Introduction to Program Evaluation for Public Health Programs: A Self-Study Guide

A “how to” guide for planning and implementing evaluation activities. Developed by CDC.

King County Equity Impact Review (EIR) Tool

Developed by Seattle & King County Public Health, this Equity Impact Review (EIR) tool provides guidance on identifying the equity impact of programs and policies while under development or when being considered for revision. As part of the Equity and Social Justice Initiative at King County, all King County Departments are being directed to use…

LGBT Health Outcomes Planning Project

From Healthy People 2020, check out how the Colorado Department of Health and Environment created an actionable plan to address lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health.

Living Cities

Living Cities is a cross-sector partnership created to “build a new type of urban practice…to develop and scale new approaches to dramatically improve the economic well-being of low-income people.”

Logic Models in Public Health Program Management

A resource from Washington State’s DOH to understand the value of logic models in the workplace.

Make It Your Own

Since 2007, organizations have been using MIYO to create customized health information for the specific populations they serve. MIYO assures high quality by standardizing the look and feel of materials and using evidence-based strategies recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MIYO delivers industry-standard, production-ready files for print, web and interactive applications.…

Making Health Communication Programs Work (The “Pink Book”)

The “Pink Book” is  a compilation of ideas and information from various health communication program planners and experts, from reviews of and comments on existing text to providing real-life examples used to illustrate key concepts necessary for effective communication in health promotion and disease prevention programs.  

Migration Policy Institute

An independent, nonpartisan think tank which provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at local, national and international levels.

Multnomah County Health Equity Initiative

The Health Equity Initiative, spearheaded by County Chair Ted Wheeler in partnership with the Multnomah County Health Department, is a county-wide effort that works to address the root causes of socioeconomic and racial injustices that lead to health disparities.

National Center for Farmworker Health (NCFH)

A website offering information services, training and technical assistance, and a variety of tools & products for a variety of audiences to improve farmworker health.

National Immigration Law Center 

A national legal advocacy organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants and their families.

National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities : Toolkit for Community Action

To support community efforts in the goal of ending health disparities and promoting health equity, the Office of Minority Health has released the new NPA Toolkit for Community Action. Through this toolkit, community members will have the information and resources they need to help engage fellow citizens and local media as they spread the word…

New Approaches for Moving Upstream: How State and Local Health Departments Can Transform Practice to Reduce Health Inequalities

Recommended Readings from the September 2015 Log-in2Learn Webinar: Freudenberg, N., Franzosa, E., Chisholm, J., & Libman, K. (2015). New Approaches for Moving Upstream How State and Local Health Departments Can Transform Practice to Reduce Health Inequalities. Health Education & Behavior, 42(1 suppl), 46S-56S.

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)

Connects users to many ODPHP different resources and information about the work of public health.

Parenting Fundamentals

A replicable, ready-for-dissemination parenting education and skills training program which can be used to support immigrant parents of children of all ages. English:

Pfizer Health Literacy

The site provides information and tools to promote clear health communication and health literacy. Developed by Pfizer. – Improving Communication from the Federal Government to the Public

This website explains what plain language is and why it’s important, gives information on the Plain Writing Act of 2010 and Federal Plain Language Guidelines, provides plain language examples, tips, and tools, and boasts a variety of plain language training resources.

Planning and Implementing Evidenced-Based HIV Outreach and Prevention Strategies for MSM and Transgender People: Model Programs and Tools

Archived webcast presents best and promising practices in reaching and engaging high risk transgender women and black men who have sex with men in HIV prevention and treatment.

Plenty at Stake: Indicators of American Energy Insecurity

This September 2014 white paper by U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Tim Scott presents a national perspective on energy insecurity and how it can be tackled.

Programas de Capacitación Ligar de Pares Anti Difamación

Una intervención para la promoción de la salud mental para abordar los prejuicios y el acoso entre adolescentes.

Promoting Health Equity : A Resource to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health

This workbook is for community-based organizations, public health practitioners, and community health partners seeking to create health equity by addressing the social determinants of health.  It was created to encourage and support the development of new, and the expansion of existing, initiatives and partnerships to address the social determinants of health inequities. Content is drawn from…

Promoting Health Equity: A Resource to Help Communities Address the Social Determinants of Health

A tool from the CDC to help “public health practitioners and partners interested in addressing social determinants of health in order to promote health and achieve health equity.”

Public Health Foundation, Core Competencies Workgroup

A description of core competencies for new public health professionals from the Public Health Foundation.

Public Health Live / T2B2: Confronting Health Disparities: Obesity and Prevention in African American Communities

Archived webcast program from the University of Albany’s School of Public Health reports on the state of health disparities within African-American communities.

Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM)

A validated Instrument to individually assess health literacy among English-speaking adults.

Research to Reality Cyber Seminar – “Make it Your Own (MIYO): Creating Customized Health Materials for Your Community”

MIYO is being used by the CDC–funded Colorectal Cancer Control Programs to enhance the effectiveness of their outreach, education and recruitment activities by providing them access to interventions that promote screening. However, the evidence-based tool has also been used for a variety of health topics, including clinical trials accrual, HPV vaccine, and others in the…

Resilience From Our Roots

Archived webcast from the University of Albany’s School of Public Health introducing the concept of transgenerational trauma and its impacts on Native peoples and tribal communities.

Roots of Health Inequity: A Web-Based Course for the Public Health Workforce

An introductory online learning collaborative and web-based course from NACCHO, designed to introduce a social justice framework of inequity to the public health workforce.

Short Assessment of Health Literacy for Spanish (SAHLSA)

A validated instrument to individually assess health literacy among Spanish-speaking adults.

Social Conditions as Fundamental Causes of Health Inequalities

Recommended Reading for January 2015 Log-in and Learn Webinar: Phelan, J.C., Link, B.G., Tehranifar, P. (2010). Social conditions as fundamental causes of health inequalities: Theory, evidence and policy implications. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 51(S), S28-S40. Phelan Article

HRSA’s has information for parents, educators, and community members on what you can do to respond to bullying.

Structural Stigma and the Health of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Populations

Recommended reading from the February 2015 Log-in and Learn Webinar: Hatzenbuehler, M.L. (2014). Structural stigma and the health of lesbian, gay and bisexual populations. Current Directions in Psychological Science 23(2), 127-132. Hatzenbuehler Article

The 10 Essential Public Health Services: An Overview

A detailed picture of the 10 Essential Services of Public Health developed by the CDC.

The ADAPT-ITT Model: A Novel Method of Adapting Evidence-based HIV Interventions

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends the use of HIV prevention interventions with proven efficacy to avert new infections. Given the time and cost associated with the development, implementation and evaluation of efficacious HIV interventions, adapting existing behavioral interventions (EBIs) to be appropriate for a myriad of at-risk populations may facilitate the efficient development of…

The CDC Clear Communication Index is a New Evidence-based Tool to Prepare and Review Health Information

Recommended reading from the April 2015 Log-in and Learn Webinar: Baur, C., Prue, C. (2014). The CDC clear communication index is a new evidence-based tool to prepare and review health information. Health Promotion Practice, 1-9.

The Effects of Exposure to Better Neighborhoods on Children: New Evidence from the Moving to Opportunity Experiment

The Effects of Exposure to Better Neighborhoods on Children: New Evidence from the Moving to Opportunity Experiment   Abstract: The Moving to Opportunity (MTO) experiment offered randomly selected families living in high-poverty housing projects housing vouchers to move to lower-poverty neighborhoods. We present new evidence on the impacts of MTO on children’s long-term outcomes using…

The Impact of the Coverage Gap in States Not Expanding Medicaid by Race and Ethnicity

People of color face longstanding and persistent disparities in accessing health coverage that contribute to greater barriers to care and poorer health outcomes. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion to adults with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL) makes many uninsured adults of color newly eligible for the program,…

The Leadership Challenge

A comprehensive resource to promote leadership within the workforce.

The National LGBT Health Education Center

Provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations.

Think Cultural Health

Resources and tools to promote cultural and linguistic competency in health care. Developed by the Office of Minority Health.

THRIVE (Tool for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments) Community Assessment Worksheet

This assessment helps to identify and prioritize the THRIVE factors that can be the basis for a local action plan to improve health equity. The goal of health equity is the reduction of disparate health outcomes that are unnecessary, avoidable, and unjust and that typically are the result of social and historical bias. As a…

THRIVE Advances a Shared Understanding of Social Determinants of Health: A Louisiana Case Example

Created by Prevention Institute (PI), THRIVE, a place-based and action-oriented tool and framework, engages community leaders, residents, public health practitioners and multiple sectors in a process of assessing, identifying and improving community conditions that can facilitate better health, safety and equity outcomes. As a regional manager for the Louisiana Public Health Institute, Jennifer’s new awareness of…

THRIVE Empowers Youth to Improve Community Safety: A California Case Example

Created by Prevention Institute (PI) over a decade ago and updated in 2010, THRIVE is a place-based and action-oriented tool and framework that engages community leaders and residents, public health practitioners, and multiple sectors in a process of assessing, identifying, and improving community conditions that can facilitate better health, safety and equity outcomes. When Central…

Tool for Making Written Material Clear and Effective

The Tool for Making Written Material Clear and Effective is a health literacy resource from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This 11-part tool provides a detailed and comprehensive set of instructions to help organizations make written material in printed formats easier for people to read, understand, and use.

Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information and Resource Kit

This tool, provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), presents an overview of current health issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations.

Transgender Law Center

The mission of the Transgender Law Center is to “to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.”

UNNATURAL CAUSES: Resource Database

This database contains hundreds of articles, Web sites, video clips, charts, datasets, interviews, transcripts, and educational and outreach materials on health equity.  The database also links directly to case studies and interactive pages to help viewers learn about health disparities and how to address them. UNNATURAL CAUSES: Case Studies: Interactivities:

US Census Data Tables for Educational Attainment

The latest Census data concerning educational attainment in the US. US Census.

Using Syndemic Theory to Understand Vulnerability to HIV Infection Among Black and Latino Men in New York City

Recommended reading from the May 2015 Log-in and Learn Webinar: Wilson, P.A., Nanin, J., Wallace, S, Cherenack, E.M., Fullilove, R. (2014). Using syndemic theory to understand vulnerability to HIV infection among Black and Latino men in New York City. Journal of Urban Health, 9(5), 983-998. Wilson Article

What Works For Health

This is a database that provides communities with information to help select and implement evidence-informed policies, programs, and system changes that will improve the variety of factors we know affect health. Included in the database are programs that address social and economic factors, such as education, employment, income, family and social support, and community safety —…