This blog is designed to provide guidance and information for Texas communities as they work toward building healthier environments for their citizens. Using lessons learned from Texas communities experienced in designing and implementing healthy community initiatives, together with the expertise from established national programs, this blog serves as a resource to those who are contemplating developing healthy community programs.
To the right, you will find links to each of the 6 practical guides for developing healthy communities:
1. Leadership (Champion)
2. Coalition Building (Internal Communication)
3. Assessment Choices
4. Intervention Design and Implementation
5. Advocacy and Policy Change (External Communication)
Each section contains an overview and links to practical guides selected from more than 20 online sources.
It is not meant to be an exhaustive collection of all programs ever developed, nor a review of them, but rather a place to start, a portal, an entrance and introduction to the many existing programs. It is meant to give you the opportunity to select appropriate components that you can customize for your specific community, or use in its entirety.