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Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE): Building a Foundation of Knowledge to Prioritize Community Health Needs

Summary

The CHANGE tool helps public health workers understand the policy, systems, and environmental change strategies in place in their community, and then develop a community action plan to ensure those strategies support healthy lifestyles.

CHANGE was developed to assess the risk factors that contribute to chronic diseases in five community settings, such as health care, schools and worksites, and create an action plan. The following resources can be downloaded from the website:

  • Free templates for adapting the CHANGE model in a community
  • Worksheets for developing an action plan and summarizing findings
  • Sample policy briefs and presentations for sharing results with partners
  • Selected templates and resources in Spanish

Source

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention