CDC Launches New Online Tool to Support Collaborative Community Health Improvement Work

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CHI Navigator Infographic, “Invest in Your Community”
CHI Navigator Infographic, “Invest in Your Community”

In May 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new tool aimed at supporting effective, sustainable community health initiatives. The Community Health Improvement (CHI) Navigator is an online tool that provides hospitals, health systems, public health agencies and other community stakeholders with expert-vetted resources to support collaborative CHI work.

Besides accessing resources related to the CHI process, community health stakeholders can learn about expert-reviewed and recommended interventions for working collaboratively in four specific action areas: socioeconomic factors, physical environment, health behaviors and clinical care.

"A balanced portfolio of interventions can lead to greater impact on patient and population health while reducing readmissions and cutting costs."

A balanced portfolio of interventions can lead to greater impact on patient and population health while reducing readmissions and cutting costs,” said a representative from the CDC.

The Making the Case for Collaborative CHI page provides examples of hospitals and health systems addressing critical health issues side by side with public health, social services and other community partners. Cases are categorized by initiative type and include asthma, cardiovascular disease, behavioral health and social determinants of health initiatives.

Another feature of the CHI Navigator is the free Database of Interventions. This resource helps stakeholders identify interventions that work in the four previously mentioned action areas. This database provides leaders and stakeholders with options to consider when making decisions about how to invest in their community and address its health needs. It also allows users to generate ideas for proven interventions based on needs assessment results, community assets and desired health outcomes.

Additional CHI Navigator resources can be found here