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Additional Resources


This section provides a list of all the resources listed in the various sections of the tool, and additional resources that maybe useful for developing interagency collaboration.

Collaboration

Collaborating to Improve Community Health, developed by the Healthcare Forum (1997), demonstrates how key players from local governments, businesses, healthcare organizations, school boards, churches, and police departments can be turned into a team, working together to make their communities better places. The workbook provides information on strategic planning, convening the community, and empowering emerging leaders. For more information, contact Josey-Bass Publishing at (415) 433-1740.

Assessment to Action: A Tool for Improving the Health of Communities Affected by Hazardous Waste Sites. This NACCHO publication (July 2002) provides guidance for working with communities to conduct a health and educational needs assessment and action plan.

Don't Hazard a Guess: Addressing Community Health Concerns at Hazardous Waste Sites. This NACCHO publication (June 1995) provides information on the Superfund decision-making processes to help local health officials determine their level of participation and improve their contributions. It offers the primary framework for local public health leadership on issues related to hazardous substances.

Improving Community Collaboration: A Self-Assessment Guide for Local Health Departments. This NACCHO publication (1997) focuses on agency-community collaboration and on agency self-assessment of culture, attitudes, and mechanisms for engaging the community as full and equal partners.

Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health
(PACE EH). This NACCHO publication (May 2000) offers guidance for local health officials in conducting a community-based environmental health assessment and creating an accurate, verifiable profile of the community's environmental health status. The process is designed to improve decision making by taking a collaborative community-based approach. The methodology takes the user through a series of steps to engage the public, collect relevant information pertaining to community environmental health concerns, rank issues, and set local priorities for action.

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP), tip sheet on Engaging the Community provides information to keep in mind when working with the community and helpful tips to fully engage stakeholders.

Communication

CDCynergy (http://www.cdc.gov/communication/cdcynergy.htm) is a CD-ROM used for planning, managing, and evaluating public health communication programs. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this tool is used to guide and assist users in designing health communication interventions within a public health framework.

MAPP is a strategic planning tool that uses the community's strengths, needs, and desires to identify priority health issues and the resources to address them. Among its many resources, the tool includes a section onEngaging the Media where you can find helpful hints for working with the media and also for media interviews.

Trading Shoes: Risk Communication Strategies is an article written by Patricia Ellis, a hydrologist with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), that appeared in the June 2004 edition of LUSTLine Bulletin (http://www.neiwpcc.org/PDF_Docs/l_line47.pdf). The article includes community perspectives, hints for strategic communication planning, explanations on how to establish trust and credibility, and a list of suggested readings. The article appears on page 24 of the report.