KU Community Toolbox Update

January 11, 2008

The Work Group for Community Health and Development at Kansas University (KUWG) has developed a training curriculum based on the Community Tool Box (CTB) that outlines 16 competencies for promoting community health and development. These competencies include: creating and maintaining coalitions and partnerships, assessing community needs and resources, analyzing problems and goals, developing a framework or model of change, developing strategic and action plans, building leadership, developing an intervention, increasing participation and membership, enhancing cultural competence, advocating for change, influencing policy development, evaluating the initiative, implementing a social marketing campaign, writing a grant application for funding, improving organizational management and development, and sustaining the project or initiative.

Each of these 16 field-tested modules features participant guides and adaptable facilitator guides and PowerPoint slides. These modules can be delivered both in person and online via interactive webinars.

KUWG staff members are experienced trainers in each of these learning modules. The KUWG can also use a "train the trainer" approach so that community leaders can also facilitate the trainings. After training is provided, some support materials remain available to participants via the Community Tool Box.

For a PDF document that outlines the services of the CTB, click here.