UMMS Community Health Toolkit

Our department is happy to be working with the Worcester Department of Public Health to implement and evaluate the Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan, which provides objectives and strategies in five key areas to move the city toward its goal of becoming the healthiest city in New England by 2020.  The full plan can be accessed at the Worcester Department of Public Health website. Each of the linked documents below provides a brief overview of all five areas, then the specific strategies identified for that priority area. 
Priority Area 1: Healthy Eating and Active Living
Priority Area 2: Behavioral Health
Priority Area 3: Primary Care and Wellness
Priority Area 4: Violence/ Injury Prevention
Priority Area 5: Health Equity and Eliminating Disparities

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UMMS Community Health Toolkit

Including a population perspective to health problems can be key to understanding what's happening in your clinic. 

There are eight essential questions to ask to make sure you've considered this perspective fully:

1. Distribution: How common is the problem in the total population and in different subgroups?
2. Cause: What causes the problem?
3. Prevention: How can the problem be prevented? 
4. Management: What is the most appropriate management of the problem at an individual level, and how can systems be continually improved?
5. Evidence base: How strong is the evidence about the distribution and cause of the problem, its prevention and its management?
6. Personal effects: What are the personal effects of having the problem?
7. Societal effects: What are the effects of the problem (and its management) on, and in, society?
8. Societal response: How does (and could) society respond to the problem?

(adapted from Trevena et al, Am J Prev Med 2005, 29(3): 234-239.

The goals of this toolkit are to:

> Provide access to high-quality population health data and measurement tools
> Link providers to population-based and community resources

This is YOUR TOOLKIT - and a work in progress. If you have ideas to improve this site and make it more useful, please contact Heather-Lyn Haley, Project Manager for Community Health, via email or at 774-441-6366.