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The Potentially Transformative Effect of Measuring the Health of a Community (Research to Reality)

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Date Developed: 04/10/2012. Source: National Cancer Institute, Office of Communications and Education. Presenter(s): Kurt Stange, MD, PhD; Terry Allan, MPH; Paul Jarris, MD, MBA. Type: Webinar. Level: Advanced. Length: 60 minutes.


This online seminar explains how the functional health, and the social, environmental, behavioral and health care determinants of a community can be measured and reported, thus engaging and empowering multiple stakeholders – both individual and groups – to take responsibility for working together to improve health, its determinants and equity.

It explores tools and resources, such as the County Health Rankings, to measure the health of a community and ways that have the potential to stimulate multistakeholder engagement, and to serve as a focus for ongoing efforts to improve community health and health equity. Dr. Kurt Stange highlights models of how measuring the health of a community and how this knowledge, generated and followed over time, can empower multi-stakeholder groups to take responsibility for working together to improve health, its determinants, and equity. Terry Allen and Paul Jarris join the seminar to share their experiences in working across sectors to measuring community health at the local and national levels, and will engage participants in sharing their experiences and lessons learned, and thoughts on how other communities can use this approach to improve health and equity.

Learning Objectives

• Identify the opportunities for measuring community health and models to do so at both the local and national level.

• Discuss how measuring the health of a community, and the knowledge generated, can help to empower multi-stakeholder groups to work together.

• Share their experiences in measuring community health and engaging multi-stakeholders.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.