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WALHDAB Releases Resources for Community Health Improvement

Monday, June 26, 2017  
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A variety of resources are now available from the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB). The resources were created as part of the Community Health Improvement in Action (CHIA) project in collaboration with our partners. CHIA was funded by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health through a grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program.

Report and Track Your Progress
The Sample Dashboard for Measuring the Progress and Impact of Alcohol-Related Initiatives is an Excel template for organizing, tracking, and presenting data in a way that maximizes viewer understanding. While the dashboard is alcohol-focused, it is a template that can be used for any health focus area and with any indicators. Enter your local information in the data source tabs, and the Dashboard takes care of the rest, creating tables and charts that report on your community's health. To get started with the dashboard, download the newly created User Guide to the Dashboard, which has detailed instructions that make it easy to adapt this tool to meet your local needs. Short YouTube tutorials on the dashboard are also available: visit our website (link) for details.

Drive Your Initiative with a Map
The Strategy Map for Preventing and Reducing Alcohol Misuse (link) is an online, multi-layered model that will help you with every stage of community health improvement, from working together to assessing to implementing evidence-based strategies, and -- especially -- evaluating your efforts. Comprehensive links to resources make this a "one-stop shop" for those who are working to create healthier alcohol environments. Not focused on alcohol? The map also serves as a template for building up to policy change and measuring impact. The new User Guide to the Strategy Map (link) includes a site map and ideas for using the map at various stages of coalition work.

Ready to choose effective policies and programs?  Check out our Pick List of Alcohol-Related Strategies (link). A dozen strategies are presented, each with a sample SMART objective, evidence base, and links to implementation tools. Formerly named Alcohol-Related Objectives with Focus, this is a companion tool to Objectives with Focus: A Pick List of Sample Objectives for Effective Implementation (link), which includes strategies for working on the topics of mental health, oral health, and nutrition/obesity prevention.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation or presentation on how you can use these tools to improve the health of your community, call or email Sara Jesse, Project Manager 608-432-3042 sara.jesse@badgerbay.co. And visit the project website for more information (link).

WALHDAB (the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards) is the statewide organization of board of health members and health department administrators providing a unified forum for public health leadership development, advocacy, education, and forging of community partnerships for the improvement of public health at a local level.  Visit the WALHDAB website for more information (link).


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