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I attended a conference in MN and an agency presented on the curriculum Promoting Community Health and Development on Module 6 Building Leadership and module 10 Advocating for Change. How can I purchase the module and leader guide? I am also interested in other module but this is our primary interest at this time
  • Building Leadership
  • Advocating for Change
Tue, 06/27/2017
We are a grassroot organization fighting against displacement in our neighborhood.

Can you connect us with organizations that have the experience working for housing for low-income and specially for those who are undocumented. We are ready to pay a community organizer; however, we lacked of the strategy and tactics to start our job.

To find the right organization who already has the best practice and send the organizer for a training will be our main goal.

Mon, 06/26/2017
Does the city of dc regulate or have regulations on how, what, and where petitions collect signatures.
Increasing Participation and Membership Sun, 06/25/2017
Good day I have been the victim of a Human Rights Violation of Article 8 and 6 with a serious element of Torture..IIED. Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress over a long period of 9+ years. I was involved in a family custody dispute with my sons father..whom I never married. He was a revengeful man who made it his mission to hurt me whatever way he could!! It has been a nightmare for me to live through. I was just reading an article that was written here on this side on Internalising Oppression...but having your human rights violated in such a severe way by having your child removed from your care without any reasonable cause other than his fathers false allegation...and having him win that fight in court was heart wrenching for me. I watched my son struggling to adjust to this situation so much so he ended up in a mental institution at 10 years old threatening to kill himself! and the judges still wouldn't listen to his cries or mines! It was heinous and outrages the hell we were going through...I have watched my son being broken and my heart has been broken into a gazillion pieces but the worst part is that there has been no justice served in this situation at all.. we have all been so traumatised and he was also blocked many times from being able to talk to me..even though I had joint custody !! My GOD I CANT EVEN BELIEVE THAT SUCH COULD HAPPEN EVEN THOUGH I HAD A PSYCHOLOGICAL REPORT TO PROVE HOW SERIOUS I WAS TO SHOW THE COURT THAT THEY ARE MISTAKEN...AND WHAT IS MORE CONFUSING IS THEY LEFT MY DAUGHTER IN MY CARE (as she was not from same father) and I have raised her all the way to her graduating with her Bachelors Degree with honours...and I barely know my son at all because of all the years of separation and brainwashing they have done not to mention the trauma and damage to him and my family on the whole...what can I do to bring justice and to heal my family and most of all my son! PLEASE I BEG YOU TO HELP US. - IF YOU CAN PLEASE...I FEEL LIKE I NEED TO BRING THIS TO SUPREME COURT AND HOPEFULLY BEFORE THE HUMAN RIGHTS COURTS TO FINALLY BRING JUSTICE AND AN END TO THIS NIGHTMARE AND HORRIFIC PAIN I AM LIVING IN...IM TIRED OF CARRYING THIS BURDEN AND THIS CURSE THEY HAVE PLACED OVER MY LIFE AND MY INNOCENT PRECIOUS SONS LIFE...I IMPLORE ANYONE TO PLEASE HELP ME TO GAIN JUSTICE SO WE CAN LIVE AS A HAPPY FAMILY THAT WE ONCE WERE!
  • Developing a Framework or Model of Change
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
Sun, 06/18/2017
Hi, I am working on a guide that includes a portion on how to disseminate data (e.g. on health conditions, health equity, etc.) from research/surveys back to the community, so that community organizations can use this data. Are there tools in the toolkit aimed at how to share this data?
Fri, 06/09/2017
Adult son isolates himself depressed will not communicate what can we do to help him?
Developing an Intervention Wed, 06/07/2017
Our non-profit organization owns a building it housed in, but has hard time paying for its maintenances and taxes. What is the best way to decide whether we should sell the property, maintain the property, or sell and buy the new one, etc.?
Developing Strategic and Action Plans Wed, 05/31/2017
I am trying to find a company/individual that conducts Cultural Competence Trainings. I work for a non-profit organization which is becoming more and more diverse and I believe this training would help our organization. Especially with understanding the cross-cultural contexts in which people with differing beliefs, values, and perspectives must collaborate to learn and work. Is there a company you can recommend.
Enhancing Cultural Competence Wed, 05/31/2017

i want to build a college awareness campaign in my country Malawi. most high school students do not know what careers to pursue that fit their interests or set of skills resulting into a normative choice of career paths.

i would require guidance as to how i can structure my campaign .
Implementing a Social Marketing Effort Mon, 05/29/2017
We are implementing a slum dweller livelihoods improvement program in Kampala Uganda. We find the information here very good and important in the implementation of the program. Can we integrate this information into our program?
Tue, 05/23/2017
Dear All Advisors
I have some questions about community readiness model.
Is it a scientific theory or not?
My research topic is related to chronic kidney disease prevention
This model attracts me for developing a theoretical framework for CKD prevention at the community level.
for your view, is it fit or not.
Thank you for your kindness and sharing fruitful website.
  • Assessing Community Needs and Resources
  • Developing an Intervention
  • Increasing Participation and Membership
Sun, 05/21/2017
We would like to develop a model for a new program, "Build Healthier" at our non-profit organization, IT'S TIME TEXAS. The program currently consists of providing communities/coalitions statewide with toolkits, resources and training to help them create and sustain School Health Advisory Councils and Mayor's Health and Fitness Councils in their local cities/regions. I have been tasked with finding 3-4 evidence-based models, including case studies we could use to help guide our efforts in working with communities, as their support/intervention organization. I have found several models that are geared more for the communities doing the actual footwork (e.g. collective impact model), but haven't found models that appear to be a good fit for the support and intervention organizations, such as ours, who help the communities develop their initiatives. I would be so appreciative if you could provide me direction. What evidence-based models would you recommend for our Build Healthier (BH) program? Again, BH encompasses both programs below:
Mayor's Health and Fitness Councils
School Health Advisory Councils
I greatly appreciate your advice! Please call/email if you have questions. 520-331-5380
Beatrice Watson
Fri, 05/19/2017
I a a volunteer for a small rural health department that is doing a community health assessment and plan/ Can you recommend any examples of surveys for this purpose? The county is about 5,000 people and rural between Denver and Boulder Colorado up in the mountains with very few services available locally to residents
Thu, 05/11/2017
I work at TriHealth in the same department with the CEO. I am the Executive Director for a newly formed nonprofit organization called Health Works here in Cincinnati. We are having the hardest time getting our program off the ground. I told the CEO of TriHealth about our organization and would like to see if we could partner with them some sort of way. He is open to having a meeting with me but I have no idea how to present this idea to him to make him be interested. Our organization is helping to low income people with health and wellness through a series of outreach programs and seminars as well as workshops. We are also starting a new chapter here in Cincinnati for Circles USA which helps people get out of poverty. That part we haven't begun yet. Since TriHealth is nonprofit hospital we are thinking they could benefit with partnering up with us in some way. How should I go about presenting this to the CEO?
Tue, 05/09/2017
Dear all advisers
This website is great.
Lots of rich information here.
But I have some questions and need your suggestion.
1. What are the differences between community capacity and coalition capacity?
2. What are the concept and measurement of community awareness?
Thank you so much for your help.
Best regard
Mon, 05/08/2017
I'm planning on conducting a community needs assessment for my Master's of Nursing program assignment, and I was wondering about properly citing the toolbox. I'm unable to find specific authors or publish dates for Chapter 3, section 1 of the toolbox content.
Thank you!
Sat, 05/06/2017
I am a certified peer support specialist at a mental health facility. I have never done any work like this before and would like some guidance setting up a plan on how to facilitate a group. What is the best ice breaker to use when first starting?
Thu, 04/27/2017

I am working on a macro analysis project for a course in my social work program. There is a huge problem of firearms kept in the home unlocked and loaded in an area of the city I live in. My topic is unrestricted access to firearms and related violence (accidental deaths, theft of firearms, criminal misuse). I want to implement a public awareness campaign to educate members of the community on firearm safety and how to properly store their firearms. I want my intervention to be primarily based on education through mass media, but I also think starting a petition and drafting a new bill that requires firearm owners to safely store their firearms is important. I'm not sure that this component can be added into my awareness campaign though. Is it too much to plan and carry out? Should I just focus on public education and not creating systematic change?
Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships Sun, 04/23/2017
The organization I work at offers a gang and violence prevention program which provides lessons to members in bullying prevention, as well as an emphasis on resiliency training to give members, ages 10 -14, the skills they need to grow up confident, caring and responsible. I'm having trouble planning out several one-hour long programming activities for this age-range and with that background in mind. Any ideas to get the ball rolling in my head would be much appreciated!
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Fri, 04/21/2017
We are planning a shared school/community playground and are at the stages of presenting to the public. We have a buzz around our community of the idea of a new space. The space that exists is a early 70's play equipment so many are excited to see new equipment. If we change the space to three elevations we can actually gain more usable space. That is where the project is at this point. The vision is there, but to portray it to the public it is in the drawing or design to SHOW the public that has us stopped in our tracks. The biual is the key to our support from donors. Because it is a playground during school hours and a community playground after, we want to show a visual as a park atmosphere with playground equipment. The design for the public will be the crucial part of selling it to donors. Playground companies are limited and showcase their equipment and landscape designers can create the park vision. Im looking for leads we turn combine their talents for our vision.
Wed, 04/19/2017
I think there is a need for support groups in my community but I keep bumping up against a series of walls. I have put out feelers to see if there is any interest but just informally . I am not a professional counselor or social worker and don't know how to connect with them .In the past , I was very roughly treated by the very people whose assistance I need .In fact it was extreme sabotage. Any ideas ?
Tue, 04/11/2017
Hi; I am creating a web site and have a non-profit 501C3 with a mission of helping senior citizens to a "good" life.

I am Professor Emeritus California State University with limited skills on the internet social marketing to build a senior benefit community. Any ideas of how to start and grow a senior community? My PhD fields are Marketing, Finance and Educational Psychology.

George Morris
Increasing Participation and Membership Thu, 04/06/2017
what is the cost of all 40 plus toolkits Wed, 03/29/2017
I am planning to work thru muy foundation down here in El Salvador, Central America in Community Development. Are there any advices or suggestions that you can provide me, please?
Wed, 03/29/2017
Could you let me know what is the certification for completing the community tool box courses.

I am interested in doing these courses and getting the certification.
Sun, 03/26/2017
How long is your program? Will those that recoeve your help be able to stay in contact with family?
Fri, 03/24/2017
What strategies to establish and to proactively initiate relationship with professional networking with community organisations?
Sat, 03/18/2017
I am a Life Coach and Wedding Officiant
I have three wonderful people who are willing to support me to turn my company into a nonprofit. Our mission is to be a charitable online service to provide free services to those who cannot afford payment but at the same time develop a fee for service policy for those who can.
Allowing us the opportunity to serve people who live here in Michigan properly.

Please help me out. I need someone to talk me through the steps and answer my questions. Can you recommend someone who will take the time to mentor me through this process?

I read information on your platforms but have a difficult time understanding how it applies to what we seek to accomplish...
Fri, 03/17/2017
Thank you for the information i have just read about multinational Cultural Collaboration.I already created a cultural corner at Kenya National Library Service Nakuru Branch.Kindly assist me to know how we can partner or work together in this area of knowledge and if i can get a sponsor to assist me make my dreams come true.
Wed, 03/15/2017
can l use the swot for personal development Wed, 03/15/2017
Hi, I am starting an initiative called Taking The Tomboys Off The Streets as it has been observed that alot of tomboys here in Nigeria are either thugs or into illegal activities. Most of them are drop outs and are into drugs. I have started doing the writing but I am working on a proposal for a grant and I seem stalled as I have not got involved in any social campaign before. Please what do I do?
  • Assessing Community Needs and Resources
  • Analyzing Problems and Goals
  • Developing a Framework or Model of Change
  • Developing Strategic and Action Plans
  • Implementing a Social Marketing Effort
Tue, 03/14/2017

We're a UK based community group. Our local county council won't buy us expensive traffic calming measures. It says that if it did that for everybody, it would run out of money. Well, OK.

But, alarmingly, it explains that the communities with the most dead traffic victims can have traffic measures. We don't like that and we don't want to die in order to become eligible for a mini roundabout. Accordingly, I've drawn a rather childish picture of a roundabout with a pile of dead bodies beside it, and I've written Council Policy underneath it. I would like to get it made into a poster on computer and have made phonecalls and emails, but, so far, no luck.

Advocating for Change Mon, 03/13/2017
hello please what is the ISSUE and CONCLUSION in this article , i seem confused about it


Every single parent in Egypt is suffering this year. Whether they chose a national or international school for their kids, fees have skyrocketed in the past few months. Everyone has been filing complaints against schools’ illogical and sudden changes. No one sees any kind of legal monitoring and it is extremely disturbing.

Egyptian parents had hopes for the newly appointed Minister of Education, Tarek Shawki, but in his latest meeting, his remarks on the cost of education came across as disconnected from the reality many parents are facing.

Shawki addressed the rise in international school fees and how parents are reacting to it. He explained that in any developed country, some products and services cost more than others, based on what they offer the consumer. So, if you target a school that offers good quality of education, it would only make sense for it to cost more. Shawki also added that “no one forced parents to choose such schools.”

In reality, Egyptian families are kind of forced to choose expensive schools as what national schools offer is inadequate. Parents chose expensive schools willingly, but have lately been shocked with an over 50 percent increase in fees, even though in most schools the teaching staff are Egyptians, who are not paid in dollars. Just because a parent could afford an EGP 40,000 school (about $2,500), it doesn’t mean they can upgrade their budget to EGP 70,000 per year ($4,450).

Egypt's public education system is beset with problems including budget shortages, overcrowded classrooms, and poor levels of instruction. Particularly in poor or rural areas, enrollment in secondary education drops to about 60 percent, according to UNICEF.

Yet, on a more positive end, Youm7 claimed that Shawki plans on forcing schools to deduct the applications’ cost from the total school fees. Another matter that has been stressing parents is the $64 application as it basically means the parents lost money if their child doesn’t pass the assessment.
Thu, 03/09/2017
Hello, I am in school for social work and am working on a group lobbying/ advocacy project. The topic is mental health, and we need to find a federal bill and advocate for or reform the bill. Then make a power point presentation/ memo brief and meet with one of our state representatives. I am feeling overwhelmed because there are many bills regarding mental health. We have pin pointed supportive housing or lack of as well as inspections to ensure sanitary standards are being maintained. 1. What bill would best meet our needs? 2. if the issue is accounability, how do we address that?
Assessing Community Needs and Resources Thu, 03/09/2017
I am in need to state my geographical area. May sound strange but my organization helps a very large diverse community. How does one answer the geographical area question?
Wed, 03/08/2017
I am from a community in the Niger Delta Area of Nigeria that is currently under siege by militant agitators. Their activities have negatively impacted on the health care, environment and educational development of the area.
My question is what strategies can one deploy in getting manageable health care support, creation of a friendly environment and sustainable education to the community amongst other social/ economic needs. It's pretty sad to see your community being stagnated in poverty, economic activities shut down, pupils dropping out of schools, environments being devastated with hydrocarbon pollutants, inaccessible Medicare etc.
Tue, 03/07/2017

I am currently at an initialization stage of my NGO, about to be registered. I need candid advice on how to go about the proposal writing.

About the Organization.

The prospective name is TorchAfrica Organization, and what we look to doing is detailed documentaries in rural communities that need urgent attention by the government, other NGOs, civil groups and international communities. It aims to serve as a platform for having the poor voices to be heard.

Where i encounter difficulties is in crafting out the whole idea on paper. How and Why?

Unlike a business, i have noticed that most proposal found online are for grants (although very useful). But non talks about the legal framework and other contents needed for in-house i.e the members of the NGO. i will appreciate if you can put me through.

Developing Strategic and Action Plans Sat, 02/25/2017
what is the 8 p's

Tue, 02/21/2017
Hello, I am assisting a professor in a class who would like to show the students some data on educational interventions in the community. They are creating interventions related to health or education with community partners. The professor wants data showing: What has worked? What has not? Are there identified barriers or solutions?

I referred them to your Database of Best Practices page, but wondered if you know of anything beyond this page?
Mon, 02/20/2017
I am trying to develop a curriculum for new board members for my organization about the purpose of a board, what a board does, and how a board works. Due to the nature of our organization, many of our board members are community members rather than professionals , so we are looking for a curriculum that has family friendly language that is easy to follow. Is it alright to use the verbiage from the community tool box articles for this curriculum? Are there any other resources that I could use for this project?
Fri, 02/17/2017
Buenas tardes, me llamo Aida y soy de Rio gallegos, Santa Cruz, Argentina. Mi consulta sería sobre los adolescentes. Existe algún tipo de experiencia sobre Tribus urbanas que han tomado un sector de la ciudad como propiedad y que se hayan podido mitigar de alguna manera? Quisiera saber las medidas tomadas; y si es buena idea que desde este mismo lugar (donde se asentaron) se puede trabajar con profesionales que quieran ayudar de alguna manera ofreciéndoles diferentes actividades que puedan motivarlos a cambiar de conducta y costumbres? como por ejemplo deportes, oficios, actividades recreativas, etc..Desde ya muchas gracias y Saludos.
  • Assessing Community Needs and Resources
  • Analyzing Problems and Goals
  • Developing a Framework or Model of Change
  • Influencing Policy Development
Tue, 02/14/2017