Additional resources

In addition to step-specific resources, a number of other materials may be useful for program planning and implementation.

These additional resources fall into the following categories: 

Connecting science to practice

A website providing information and resources on topics of health and social equity to inform policies and decision-making.


Human Impact Partners provides support, such as research, capacity building, advocacy, and field building to its partners, particularly are social determinants of health.

Key Issues that this organization focuses on include:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Economic Security
  • Immigration
  • Housing
  • Land and Transportation Use

A website developed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that provides free tools and resources to help design, acquire funding for, execute and disseminate Implementation Science research projects.

Researchers, physicians, and scientists came together through the Harvard Catalyst Program on February 5, 2019, for a wide-ranging discussion moderated by Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH. “Here we are in the heart of academia surrounded by researchers of all kinds, but in terms of translating their work into policies that affect all our communities, we are not doing our job,” he said. Featured panelists included those from industry and researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the University of Iowa. 

A video series from Health Resources in Action to help community leaders and public health professionals understand and use the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) tool.


The Health Impact Assessment (HIA) tool is increasingly being used in the United States to identify health impacts before critical decisions are made, to facilitate collaboration among policymakers and decision-makers in different fields, and ultimately to improve the health of Americans. Learn more about how to use this tool in this video series from Health Resources in Action.

A website providing a broad range of practical, easy-to-use tools that guide practitioners, advocates, and policymakers in planning health strategy and in contributing to safer, healthier, and more equitable communities.

An online community from the National Cancer Institute that links cancer control practitioners and researchers, and provides opportunities for discussion, learning, and enhanced collaboration on moving research into practice.

A database from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that provides information, tools, and resources about the social determinants of health (such as income, education, and employment) which can have important impacts on the health of communities.


This CDC website provides resources that have useful data for improving community health. 

A web tool developed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that provides an easy-to-use set of tools to help assess community news and information flow, and take action to improve it. 


Founded in 1969, AGM is an association of philanthropic organizations and individuals with interest in philanthropic giving in Massachusetts and the surrounding areas. The website includes tools and supports for applying to grants.


The only regional association of grantmakers, AGM includes both foundations and corporations with giving programs.

We are excited to announce a mini-grant opportunity that will allow faith- and community-based organizations to customize and deliver an evidence-based program on the topic of biobanking. Ten grants are available for organizations interested in delivering an education program on biobanking to their communities. The grants include $1,750 to deliver a biobanking program to an audience of at least 10 people, a free 3-hour training on evidence-based health promotion and delivering a biobanking education program, and technical support from our team to plan your event and other health promotion activities. Click the link above for more information and to download the application.


As you may know, a biobank is a “library” that stores and manages biological samples (such as blood) for use in research. These samples are often linked to information about the background or behaviors of the person who donated them (though the individual’s name is not shared). Researchers can then take these samples and create new kinds of therapies. The key for communities that experience cancer disparities is that the library needs to include people from a wide range of racial and ethnic backgrounds to increase the chance that the treatments and screening tools developed will serve people from those communities.

Health communication

Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this website provides resources for individuals and programs to protect and promote the public's health through collaborative and innovative health marketing programs, products, and services that are customer-centered, science-based, and high-impact. 


The site also includes resources on partnerships, research, evaluation, and professional development.

A free training program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to educate public health professionals about limited health literacy and their role in addressing it in a public health context. 

A website from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work that allows users to create compelling communication materials with ease by using pre-formatted local health data with attributed sources to include in your press releases, news stories, reports, grants, or policy briefs.

A summary from the Health Communication Core describing the strategic process used for developing a Boston Public Health Commission campaign to increase awareness of the benefits of smoke-free housing for landlords and their tenants.

A case study from the Health Communication Core describing how researchers disseminated data from a survey of cancer-screening behaviors among Boston firefighters exposed to high rates of carcinogens in a 2002 fire, to increase awareness of screening recommendations among firefighters and Boston Fire Department leadership. 

A planning guide from the National Cancer Institute that serves as a useful introduction or reminder about the science of health communication, written to be accessible to a diverse group of practitioners and researchers.  


Particularly useful topics include program planning steps and theories of behavior change.

A handout from the National Cancer Institute's Using What Works program that offers suggestions, resources, and practice exercises for making public health materials accessible to audiences of different reading abilities.


A guide from the University of Wisconsin Extension with procedures for summarizing information from sources, such as open-ended questions, individual interviews, or focus groups.

A guide from the University of Wisconsin Extension with a discussion of basic concepts of statistical analysis, such as frequencies, percentage, averages, ranges, and standard deviation.

2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides scientific support for efforts to implement policies, programs, professional best practices, and individual actions to reduce disparities.


The report addresses disparities at the national level in health care access, exposure to environmental hazards, mortality, morbidity, behavioral risk factors, disability status, and social determinants of health. The findings in the full report, an executive summary, presentation, and 23 fact sheets can be used to intervene at the state, tribal, and local levels to best address health disparities and inequalities. 

A free website, sponsored by the Community-Campus Partnership for Health for peer-reviewing, publishing, and disseminating products of health-related community-engaged scholarship that are in forms other than journal articles.


The website contains high-quality tools and resources that can be directly downloaded or obtained from the author, typically free of charge.

The IHI website is an excellent resource for those wishing to learn more about creating systems-level change and using evaluation to drive improvement.


An independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, IHI focuses on motivating and building the will for change, identifying and testing new models of care in partnership with both patients and healthcare professionals, and ensuring the broadest possible adoption of best practices and effective innovations.

Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health implemented a study on the role of community stakeholders in supporting policy implementation of Graphic Health Warning labels on tobacco packages.

Project Here is a substance abuse app geared towards middle school students to promote social-emotional learning and to empower students to make health decisions. The app is funded by the GE Foundation and the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General.


The online toolkit is a compilation of flexible, evidence-based substance use prevention tools that include immediate access to 50+ lesson plans, worksheets, and PowerPoint presentations on topics ranging from stress management to marijuana education to how to respond to real-life scenarios.

The Foundation produces research and data about the complex health and health care issues facing the US and publishes program evaluations and reports at the end of many projects. 

PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the US National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).


Launched in February 2000, PMC was developed and is managed by NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information. PMC contains a repository of nearly 2 million journal articles.

Report and guide from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture with a step-by-step description of how to conduct a focus group.