Resources You Can Use

This resource list is provided as a space to share information and materials that have been identified or requested in our work together or comes up in our conversation, or you have requested.  If there is something you would like to see included here, please email Terri March and we'll try to get it added.  If you are looking for materials from past meetings and don't see it here you may find them in the Meeting Materials Archive. Looking for what's new?  Look for the notation in red.

Buncombe County Community Health Improvement Process (CHIP)

Collective Impact
  • Engaging Diverse Voices Plenary discussion at the 2016 Collective Impact Convening on What are pitfalls and principles of practice in effectively integrating community voices into collective impact? How can you involve communities who have historically been left out of decision-making processes? How should funders, backbone leaders, and other collective impact partners engage stakeholders in sensitive conversations about race, class and culture? This session addresses these questions and more in a discussion of when and how to confront power dynamics and authentically engage community voices in collective impact.  new  The Collective Impact Forum has also just released a Community Engagement Toolkit for planning community engagement to be more purposeful, equitable, transparent, and strategic so that community members are true partners for achieving impact.
  • Where Collective Impact Falls Short Tom Wolfe, known as a leading voice on coalition building and community development outlines 10 elements that the current collective impact framework and discussion fails to incorporate. Click here to read the article   
  • Top Reads of 2016 from the Collective Impact Forum The forum has compiled a list, (including the two above) of the best writing and resources on collective impact this year.  The list includes four topic areas: 1) Principals and Practice, 2) Lessions Learned from Backbone Leaders, 3) The Evolution of Collective Impact, and 4) Advancing Equity in Collective Impact.

Data Tools

Community Commons is a website that provides public access to data in platform that supports mapping and reporting capabilities to help understand community data. 
Community Commons featured MANNA Foodback recently in their Member Spotlight.
This feature on Alleviating Food Insecurity in Rural NC is a great way to see how a local partner is using the tool and gain more insight in how this tool can be used.  
new North Carolina Social Determinants of Health by Region from the NC Association of Local Health Directors. This story map resource displays a set of indicators along with an overall index to help understand the geographic disparities in the social determinants of health. These data are tabulated at the U.S. Census Tract level and are from the U.S. Census American Community Survey 2016 5-year estimates (2012-2016). The data on food access is from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, (Update 2015 based on 2010 Census). Searching for Buncombe data?  We're in the NC Division of Public Health's Region 2. 
new The Opportunity360 platform includes several online data and mapping applications, toolkits and how-to-guides, as well as innovative technologies for engaging community residents. Aggregated into a single platform, Opportunity360 has more than 200 indicators, as well as tools to encourage cross-sector partnership and capture resident feedback. The tools on the platform are free, including a 25-page report that can be generated for any census tract in the country. This report provides data that reflect five key opportunity outcomes: housing stability, education, health and well-being, economic security and mobility. For those who wish to dig a bit deeper, Enterprise has a team of technical experts that can create custom dashboards, develop customized geographies, define neighborhood typologies and innovate additional ways to translate community data into actionable solutions.
Uninsured Outreach Mapping Tool from HRSA was developed to identify where the uninsured reside at the Census Block level (populations from 600-3,000) to assist in efforts to get health care services and coverage to the uninsured.
Using Data to Impact Community Health and Drive Action a strategy brief with practical actions for public health and healthcare to share data across sectors to improve community health.

Food Security
  • WNC Appalachian Foodshed Project (AFP) is a multi-state initiative exploring and supporting food security in West Virgina, Virginia and North Carolina. In Western North Carolina (WNC), the AFP project was designed to engage organizational leaders working within the community food system to create a common agenda to better understand and address food security in the 27-county region. This WNC Food Security Advisory Committee, in collaboration with a research team from North Carolina State University, designed a community food security assessment (CFSA) to systematically examine community food issues and assets to inform actions that make the region more food secure. The report summarizes key findings from the WNC CFSA.
You can download the Western North Carolina Community Food Security Assessment report (pdf) and the presentation on their findings (pdf). 
  • Food Security in Buncombe County Powerpoint Slides from May's CHIP Advisory Meeting provided background information on what food insecurity is, it's complexities, and what food insecurity looks like in Buncombe and Western North Carolina. Data highlights as well as key findings from the WNC Appalachian Foodshed Project (AFP) were discussed. Click here to for a pdf of the presentation slides.
  • Food Research & Action Center: Plan to End Hunger This document provides a very comprehensive overview of the policies and practices needed to address hunger in the US.
  • "Jargon Buster" from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Build Healthy Places Network. Working across sectors begins with speaking the same language. If you’re lost in a sea of acronyms, this tool can help. 
Health Equity
  • The Community Guide's Promoting Health Equity web page discusses the Community Preventive Services Task Force's findings in three categories of health equity-related interventions: education programs and policies, culturally competent health care, and housing programs and policies. The Community Guide also published "Promoting Health Equity," a resource that summarizes the task force's language on health equity and its findings on systematic reviews in all three categories of health equity interventions.
  • New NC Racial Equity Report Cards - The Youth Justice Project of the Southern Coalition of Social Justice has released Racial Equity Report Cards intended to help communities better identify the racial inequity that pervades their youth-serving institutions. Using publically available data, the Youth Justice Project has produced a Report Card for each of the state’s 115 school districts, as well as the state as a whole


Results Based Accountability

Social Determinants of Health

  • A New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, addresses the challenges of talking about social determinants and provides guidance on how to create more compelling, effective and persuasive messages that resonate across the political spectrum. 
  • Health Impact In 5 Years (HI-5) is a CDC initiative that highlights non-clinical, community-wide approaches that have evidence reporting 1) positive health impacts, 2) results within five years, and 3) cost effectiveness and/or cost savings over the lifetime of the population or earlier.
  • MAHEC Community Population Health Resource Page - This resource page was developed to provide supportive information to residents and community clinicians to assist them in understanding and addressing social determinants of health.  

Substance Use


Greenways and Health

  • Greenways to Promote Health, is a document developed for advocacy efforts around the Beaucatcher Greenway. It outlines the evidence that greenways can increase physical activity and have a positive impact on obesity, chronic disease and mental health. These linear parks provide safe and accessible corridors for physical activity, recreation and transportation.

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