Tools & Resources

Useful materials to help you in your work

External Resources

Useful Literature

  • Impact and Value: Telling Your Program’s Story

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007

    This workbook provides concrete examples of how to use success stories to sell your programs. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Oral Health; Atlanta, Georgia.

  • From the Ground Up: A Workbook on Coalition Building and Community Development

    Gillian Kaye & Tom Wolff, 1995

    This helpful workbook is a complete toolbox for effective coalition building and community development. It shares field ideas, frameworks and exercises that have evolved from the authors’ work in communities across the country.

  • The Spirit of the Coalition

    Bill Berkowitz, 2000

    This lively and highly accessible book is filled with real world illustrations and a wealth of practical tools. (259 pages, paperback).

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    CDC’s Community Health Promotion Handbook & Action Guides (Free Download)

    CDC and the Partnership for Prevention, 2008

    An evidence-based tool that bridges the gap between research and practice. Five selected recommendations from the Task Force on Community Preventive Services’ The Guide to Community Preventive Services have been translated into action guides that provide “how to” guidance to implement effective community-level strategies. The Handbook’s five action guides cover the following topics: Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME); Places for Physical Activity; School-Based Physical Education; Social Support for Physical Activity; and Tobacco-Use Treatment. Download free at

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    CADCA: Strengthening Partnerships: Comprehensive Guide to Building and Sustaining Coalitions (Free Download)

    CADCA, 2005

    Primers on Assessment, Capacity, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation,Cultural Competence, Sustaining, Core Measures, and Beyond the Basics Guides on Telling Your Coalition Story and Environmental Prevention Strategies.

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    The Sustainability Planning Guide for Health Communities

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011

    The Guide is a synthesis of science and practice-based evidence designed to help coalitions, public health professionals, and other community stake holders develop, implement, and evaluate a successful sustainability plan. It provides a process for sustaining policy strategies and related activities, introduce various approaches to sustainability, and demonstrate sustainability planning in action with real-life examples

  • Prevention is Primary

    Prevention is Primary: Strategies for Community Well Being

    Larry Cohen, Vivian Chavez and Sana Chehimi, 2013

    This comprehensive book includes the theory, concepts, and models needed to harness social justice and practice primary prevention of unnecessary illness and injury. Ideal for students and practitioners, this revised second edition combines an overview of advances in the field with effective approaches in the current economic and health care climate.


  • Useful Websites

  • CDC’s Healthy Communities

    CDC’s Healthy Communities Program is engaging communities and mobilizing national networks to focus on chronic disease prevention. Communities are working to change the places and organizations that touch people’s lives every day—schools, work sites, health care sites, and other community settings—to turn the tide on the national epidemic of chronic diseases.

  • CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America)

    National Coalition Institute, created by an act of Congress, helps build more effective community anti-drug coalitions through training, technical assistance and educational materials.

  • Partnership For Prevention

    A professional membership organization that seeks to increase the priority on prevention in health-related policy and in the U.S. health care system by 1) Analyzing leading edge scientific research to identify effective polices and practices; 2) Convening diverse healthcare stakeholders and facilitating dialogue among them; and 3) Educating decision-makers in every sector about innovative prevention policies and practices and advocating for their adoption. The site offers many prevention-related tools for coalitions on its Reports & Resources page.

  • Prevention Institute

    Larry Cohen’s site contains great material on prevention and coalition building in public health.

  • The Community Toolbox

    Providing over 6,000 pages of practical skill-building information on over 250 different topics, the Community Tool Box is a resource to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources, including several Prevention Institute tools.

  • CDC Partners Portal

    The Partners Portal of CDC’s Partnerships and Strategic Alliances program provides products, guidance, and support for partnerships and alliances to help achieve CDC’s health protection goals. Fact sheets, events and health promotion campaign information are a click away. Its activities and resources are organized around five sectors: Business, Education, Faith-based and Community, Healthcare and Public Health Systems.

  • National Business Coalitions on Health (NBCH)

    Under NBCH Publication Library, the tools in the Coalition Resources section include 3 Creating Healthy Communities Technical Action Guides: The Planning Stage, The Implementation Stage and Evaluation.

  • Community Commons

    Community Commons is a site where data, tools, and stories come together to inspire change and improve communities. The site provides public access to thousands of meaningful data layers that allow mapping and reporting capabilities for thoroughly exploring community health.