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Using the Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box provides resources and tools to help people work together to build healthier communities. Here’s a quick overview:

Visit Learn a Skill to view the Table of Contents for detailed guidance in community-building skills. Or, visit the Toolkits for a quick start on core competencies in community work.

Be sure to utilize our powerful Search feature at the top righthand corner of each page. It crawls through the site with any words or phrases you enter, and helps you find what you're looking for quickly.

Under Help for Taking Action, visit the Troubleshooting Guide to see common problems faced by those doing community work, and supports for addressing them. Or, visit Get Started for a simple model for taking action. Access  Databases of Best Practices for community health and development, or take Online Courses to learn more about community health assessment and community health improvement planning. Lastly, Ask an Advisor allows you to seek guidance from experienced community members and experts about issues relevant to your community work.

If your work involves teaching or training, we recommend using the Table of Contents (and related Search feature at the top of each page) to locate reading materials. If you provide training, the PowerPoint presentations at the end of each educational module can save you lots of time in training. If you provide technical support and consultation, we recommend using the Toolkits to offer guidance on core competencies, as well as the Troubleshooting Guide to help groups assess the situation and get support for addressing common problems in community work.

If you are using the Community Tool Box in your teaching, check out some example course syllabi.

We welcome you to Connect with us by posting in our Guestbook, viewing or sharing Community Stories, visiting us on Facebook, or Donating to support the work.

We are grateful to serve people working to improve conditions throughout the world. Our hope is that the Community Tool Box makes your good work a little easier. For more information, contact




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