Healthy Communities Websites


August 16, 2015
Source: Various



A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health website offers CME/CE credit and equips health care professionals with awareness, knowledge, and skills to better treat the increasingly diverse U.S. population they serve.

Action for Healthy Kids: A volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment by helping schools become healthier places and our kids learn to eat right, be active every day and be ready to learn.

Action on Smoking and Health: America’s first anti-smoking and nonsmokers’ rights organization.

African-American Health Resources

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Association of Critical Care Nurses

American Lung Association

An Extensive Catalog of Surveys Related to Oral Health

California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare: Provides child welfare professionals with easy access to vital information about selected child welfare related programs.

Census of Agriculture

Center for the Built Environment

Child Welfare League of AmericaProvides expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children in all 50 states.

Children’s Dental Health ProjectDesigns and advances research-driven policies and innovative solutions by engaging a broad base of partners committed to children and oral health, including professionals, communities, policymakers and parents.

Choose My Plate: Super Tracker and Other Tools

CivilEats.comCivil Eats promotes critical thought about sustainable agriculture and food systems as part of building economically and socially just communities.

Clean Air Kansas CitySupports smoke-free air ordinances, laws and policies in the metro area and the state; as well as a comprehensive approach to reducing tobacco use and exposure to second hand smoke.

Crimes Against Children Research Center: Combats crimes against children by providing high quality research and statistics to the public, policy makers, law enforcement personnel, and other child welfare practitioners.

Family Well-Being Research

Farm to SchoolFarm to School connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.

Federal Office of Rural Health PolicyCoordinates activities related to rural health care within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Food Politics Blog by Marion NestleMarion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University.

Futures Without ViolenceFutures Without Violence works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence.

Gardasil

Glossary-The Most Important Terms in Health Care Policy, From A to Z

Hispanics and Health Care in the United States

HPV Resources

HPV, Cancer, and HPV Vaccines – Frequently Asked Questions

Immunization Action CoalitionInformation for healthcare professionals about childhood, adolescent, and adult immunizations.

Intercultural Cancer CouncilPromotes policies, programs, partnerships, and research to eliminate the unequal burden of cancer among racial and ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations in the United States and its associated territories.

Kansas City Area Transportation Authority

Kansas City Metro Toolkit for Advocating for Livable Streets

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic ViolenceKCSDV focuses on the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking, with primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and, social change efforts.

Kansas Immunizations Resources

Kansas Safe Routes to Schools

Kansas State University Extension

Kansas University School of Medicine, Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity

KC Healthy Kids

Keeping Your Mouth and Teeth Healthy

Let’s Move

Metro GreenMetroGreen is an interconnected system of public and private natural areas, greenways and trails linking communities throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. The 1,144-mile greenway plan covers Leavenworth, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri.

Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual AssaultMOCSA offers therapy, support and advocacy for victims of rape and sexual assault, for sexually abused children and families, for adult survivors of child sexual abuse, and for others touched by sexual violence. Through the years MOCSA has enhanced and increased outreach, prevention and education programs focused on children, youth, professionals and community groups.

Mid-America Immunization Coalition

Missouri Association of Rural Health Clinics: Health professionals committed to providing a forum to exchange information specific to federally-certified Rural Health Clinics.

Missouri Health Matters

Missouri Immunizations Resources

Missouri Rural Healthcare AssociationA non-profit, grass-roots, member-driven organization whose mission is to safeguard and improve the health of rural Missourians.

Missouri Safe Routes to Schools

Missourians’ Life Expectancy

MO HealthNet

National Association for Health and FitnessImproving the quality of life for individuals in the United States and its territories through the promotion of physical fitness, sports and healthy lifestyles by fostering and supporting Governor’s and State Councils on physical fitness and sports.

National Center for Cultural CompetenceThe mission of the NCCC is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

National Coalition for Promoting Physical ActivityUniting the strengths of public, private, and industry efforts into collaborative partnerships that inspire and empower all Americans to lead more physically active lifestyles.

National Council on Child Abuse and Family ViolenceNCCAFV provides prevention services by bringing together community and national stakeholders, volunteers and professionals to prevent intergenerational family violence: child abuse and neglect, spouse/partner abuse, and elder abuse and neglect.

National Institute on Drug AbuseLeading the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

National Network for Immunization InformationProvides up-to-date, science-based information to healthcare professionals, the media, and the public: everyone who needs to know the facts about vaccines and immunization.

National Oral Health Surveillance System

National Rural Health AssociationThe association’s mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues.

National Rural Heath Resource CenterProvides technical assistance, information, tools and resources for the improvement of rural health care.

Oral Health AmericaA helpful collection of oral health research, policy and programming information, including report cards on parity-focused initiatives.

Oral Health for Infants, Children, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women Knowledge PathHigh-quality resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at improving access to oral health care and quality of oral health for infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant women. Georgetown University.

Oral Health KansasKansas oral health coalition working to improve oral health in Kansas through advocacy, public awareness and education.

PE4Life

Pre-Teen Vaccine Campaign

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & NutritionActs as a catalyst to promote healthy lifestyles through fitness, sports and nutrition programs and initiatives that educate, empower and engage Americans of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Preventing Cavities, Gum Disease, Tooth Loss and Oral Cancers

Principles of Prevention – Free On-line Course for Violence Prevention

Reform Reality

Reports of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Rural Assistance CenterInformation portal that helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.

Rural Assistance Center: Dental Health ResourcesInformation, resources and success stories about rural dental health.

Rural Health Resources

Rural Minority Health Resources

Rural Policy Research InstituteBased out of the University of Missouri, Iowa State University, and the University of Nebraska, the Rural Policy Research Institute provides unbiased analysis and information on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America. RUPRI’s aim is to spur public dialogue and help policymakers understand the rural impacts of public policies and programs.

Safe Routes to School National PartnershipServing a diverse national community of organizations that advocates for and promotes the practice of safe bicycling and walking to and from schools throughout the United States.

Show Me Health Answers

Smokefree Lists, Maps, and Data

State-Specific Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking and Smokeless Tobacco Use Among Adults

The Built Environment and Health: 11 Profiles of Neighborhood Transformation

The Food Action and Research Center (FRAC)Working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States.

The Kansas City Community GardensA not-for-profit organization that provides self-help and educational assistance to low-income people, children and community groups in the metropolitan area to grow their own food from garden plots located in backyards, vacant lots, schoolyards and at community sites.

The Kansas City CSA CoalitionWorking to increase food access and food security in the Kansas City metropolitan area by promoting Community Supported Agriculture initiatives including CSA farm operations, market and community gardens, urban and rural agricultural sites, and value-added product operations, and by addressing the rapid decline of family farms and the loss of agricultural land by linking small and medium-scale food producers to new markets in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual ViolenceMCADSV is a statewide membership coalition of organizations and individuals working to end violence against women and their children through direct services and social and systemic change.

The National Center on Domestic and Sexual ViolenceNCDSV designs, provides, and customizes training and consultation, influences policy, promotes collaboration and enhances diversity with the goal of ending domestic and sexual violence.

The National Coalition Against Domestic ViolenceNCADV’s mission is to organize for collective power by advancing transformative work, thinking and leadership of communities and individuals working to end the violence in our lives.

The National Domestic Violence HotlineThe Hotline is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. The Hotline answers a variety of calls and is a resource for domestic violence advocates government officials, law enforcement agencies and the general public.

The University of Missouri Extension

Tobacco Free Kansas CoalitionAssisting Kansans in avoiding the negative health and economic impact of tobacco use.

Tobacco Free MissouriWorking statewide to reduce tobacco use and eliminate secondhand smoke for all Missourians through education and policy change.

Tobacco Resources from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Tobacco Resources from the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Tool for Assessing Cultural Competence Training (TACCT)

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities: In My Own WordsNarratives, each told in the storyteller’s own words, about their experiences either growing up with disabilities or being part of a family who has been affected by disabilities. The stories are available in both English and Spanish. Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).

University of Kansas Medical Center Rural Health Blog

University of Kansas Medical Center Rural Health Education and Services

US Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration

Vaccine Information for the Public and Health Professionals



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