resource: Toolkits

Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Foundation

HPHC Foundation Overview The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation was founded in 1980 by the Harvard Community Health Plan as the corporate philanthropy of the not-for-profit health plan. Since 2007, the Foundation’s focus has been on childhood obesity prevention and healthy food access for low income communities and older adults. Initially active in Massachusetts, Maine… Read more »

Safety Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting for COVID-19

This tool was developed by the Massachusetts Asthma Action Partnerships (MAAP) as complementary guidance to the CDC guidelines. The best way to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is to protect yourself and others from being exposed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out helpful guidance on protecting yourself from COVID-19 and… Read more »

Clearing the Air: An Asthma Toolkit for Healthy Schools

Clearing the Air

The Massachusetts Asthma Action Partnership (MAAP), HRiA, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (MA DPH) Asthma Prevention and Control Program are delighted to announce the release of Clearing the Air: An Asthma Toolkit for Healthy Schools. This toolkit contains sample policy language, best practices, and curated resources and tools to help schools create an… Read more »

Springboard to Active Schools: Resources to Integrate Physical Activity into the Classroom

Springboard to Active Schools, a collaborative initiative between HRiA, the National Network of Public Health Institutes, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed set of new resources for educators to help integrate physical activity into the classroom. These resources will help schools use evidence-based strategies to incorporate classroom physical activity and provide… Read more »

Webinar and tools: Communication planning to strengthen impact

This 90-minute webinar conducted by Tamaki West, MA and Karen Schoneman, MA for the Community Health Training Institute outlines the communication planning process to increase the effectiveness of an organization or project, provides real-life examples, and offers tips for effective communication with limited resources. Planning tools supplement the webinar and provide guidance for developing a… Read more »

Partnering with Food Service to Reduce Sodium: A Toolkit for Public Health Practitioners

In collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources in Action and the National Network of Public Health Institutes developed a new toolkit titled, “Partnering with Food Service to Reduce Sodium: A Toolkit for Public Health Practitioners.” The toolkit highlights specific strategies, case studies, tools, and resources for building new and/or enhancing existing… Read more »

Facilitating Alignment & Strategic Thinking (FAST)

Facilitating Alignment and Strategic Thinking (FASTTM) is an efficient and effective rapid strategic planning process for organizations or community partnerships that want to enhance performance, promote stakeholder engagement, and foster quality improvement. This Practice Brief outlines the benefits and key components of this FAST approach, and includes five tools: Stakeholder Engagement Tool Vision-Mission-Values Tool Prioritization… Read more »

Community Health Improvement Toolkit

Health Resources in Action leads data driven and strategic community health improvement process aimed at improving population health, addressing preventable conditions, reducing health care costs, and meeting hospitals’ IRS 990 requirements around community health needs. In all of this work, we strive to build our clients’ and communities’ capacities to create sustainable health improvement initiatives…. Read more »

Community Health Improvement Navigator

Health Resources in Action leveraged its expertise in community health improvement efforts by working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Network of Public Health Institutes to support development of the CDC’s new Community Health Improvement Navigator (CHI Navigator). The CDC recently launched this tool on their website. How can the Community… Read more »

Community Water Fluoridation Toolkit

Health Resources in Action developed the Preserving and Implementing Water Fluoridation in Your Community toolkit based on 3.5 years of work designing, implementing and providing strategic oversight to community water fluoridation campaigns in Brockton, MA and Hartford, VT. HRiA provided training and technical assistance around community organizing and coalition building as well as policy and… Read more »

Smoke Free Housing Toolkit

Health Resources in Action created a toolkit to support both public housing and private landlords in creating and implementing smoke-free policies in order to protect the health of their tenants and reduce costs. How to Go Smoke-Free: A Toolkit for Multi-Unit Housing includes downloadable templates for policy language, communication letters, and press releases, as well… Read more »

Health Impact Assessment Training Series

The importance of considering health impacts in developing all types of policies and programs is now widely recognized, but decision-makers in fields such as transportation, housing, workforce policy, education, and agriculture often have lacked the critical information and analysis required to understand those impacts. The Health Impact Assessment (HIA) tool increasingly is being used in… Read more »

Public Health Services and Systems Research Translational Toolbox

Health Resources in Action worked with the National Coordinating Center for PHSSR Research to create a digital toolbox for use by public health systems. The goal of the project and of the Translational Toolbox is to bring existing research to the practical level. This allows practitioners and managers to apply research findings to public health… Read more »