Tools

“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. http://prevention.sph.sc.edu/tools/SMOG.pdf

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…

ASPPH: “What is Public Health?”

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

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 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.

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

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

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. http://www.dsireusa.org/

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. http://www.greenandhealthyhomes.org/home-health-hazards

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 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. http://www.nmpha.org/HiAP_tool

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. http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/our-approach/health-factors/income

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…

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. http://www.cancer.gov/publications/health-communication/pink-book.pdf  

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 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…

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)

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

Pfizer Health Literacy

The site provides information and tools to promote clear health communication and health literacy. Developed by Pfizer.

PlainLanguage.gov – 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. http://www.plainlanguage.gov/

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.” http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dch/programs/healthycommunitiesprogram/tools/pdf/SDOH-workbook.pdf

Public Health Foundation, Core Competencies Workgroup

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

Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM)

A validated Instrument to individually assess health literacy among English-speaking adults. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/quality-resources/tools/literacy/realm.pdf

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…

Short Assessment of Health Literacy for Spanish (SAHLSA)

A validated instrument to individually assess health literacy among Spanish-speaking adults. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/quality-resources/tools/literacy/sahl-s-form-user-guide.pdf

StopBullying.gov

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

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 Leadership Challenge

A comprehensive resource to promote leadership within the workforce.

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…

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. http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/WrittenMaterialstool/index.html

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. http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA12-4684/SMA12-4684.pdf

US Census Data Tables for Educational Attainment

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