Resources for Community Members and Consumers

American Public Health Association (APHA)

APHA is the oldest and most diverse public health organization in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872.

Association of Academic Health Centers
This online toolkit was designed to help leaders in health care recognize the health impact of factors such as education, income, and housing, and take action to address them.

Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE)

CHE is a partnership committed to strengthening the scientific and public dialogue on the impact of environmental factors on human health.

Community Toolbox

The Toolbox promotes community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources.

Health Education Advocate Website

This website has a list of web resources to assist with health advocacy efforts.

Mobilizing Your Community to Promote Health

National Health Equity Coalition

This Coalition is a policy and advocacy network committed to the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities and the achievement of health equity.

Sustaining Grassroots Community-Based Programs: A Toolkit for Community and Faith-based Service Providers

The Toolkit designed to help grassroots community and faith-based organizations develop program services in six areas: Organizational Assessment and Readiness, Effective Marketing Strategies, Financial Management, Sustainability Strategies, and Results-Oriented Evaluation.

Where Health Begins
Where Health Begins
An online toolkit from the Association of Academic Health Centers to help leaders in health care recognize the health impact of factors such as education, income, and housing, and take action to address them.

Healthy Living


CDC Dash Diet

This is the healthy lifestyle plan based on the DASH diet, developed by the US National Institutes of Health to lower blood pressure without medication. The DASH Diet Action Plan book provides the complete lifestyle program to support reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, while lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. This is the healthy way of living that will become your new lifestyle.

Color Me Healthy: Preschoolers Moving & Eating Healthy

Eat Smart Move More

Want to help your family eat smart and move more? Then this website is for you. Here you will find simple tips to help you and your family. Join Eat Smart, Move More SC for an education forum on obesity prevention in South Carolina. Presented in partnership with several statewide organizations, the event will provide an interactive and engaging look at best practices for obesity prevention with sessions on healthy worksites, schools and communities, grant writing, coalition development, policy and environmental change and more. If you are a professional in the area of public health, healthcare, education, nutrition, physical activity, the media or simply interested in what you can do in your community, plan to attend the 2010 SC Obesity Prevention Summit.

Eat Well & Keep Moving

Eat Well & Keep Moving is a school-based program that equips children with the knowledge, skills, and supportive environment they need to lead more healthful lives by choosing nutritious diets and being physically active.

Overeaters Anonymous

Promoting Good Nutrition

School-based nutrition interventions are implemented in school settings to promote healthy nutritional attitudes, knowledge and behavior, including eating and physical activity among school-aged children and adolescents. The interventions may target food policy, environmental factors and/or nutrition education. Interventions may be directed at school administrators, food service staff, teachers, parents, or directly to students. Interventions may be delivered by regular classroom teachers or by special program instructors.

Simple, Healthful Recipe Ideas



This is a website designed for your health and wellbeing.

Interfaith Health Program

The Interfaith Health Program (IHP) builds and nurtures broad, rich, and deep networks for learning within and across health and faith systems-local, national, and global. As participants within these rich streams of knowledge and wisdom, we discover models, technologies, tools, and visions that strengthen the abilities of health and faith communities to make Shalom. We synthesize and share these discoveries and promote change through provocative writing, inspiring presentations, life-changing training, masterful facilitation, and landmark gatherings. We coach current and future leaders in the movement so that dynamic webs of influence form and spread. The IHP promotes vital learning at the intersecting boundaries where faith and health overlap, merge, and emerge transformed.

Sustaining Grassroots Community-Based Programs: A Toolkit for Community and Faith-based Service Providers

This Toolkit is designed to help grassroots community and faith-based organizations develop program services in six areas: Organizational Assessment and Readiness, Effective Marketing Strategies, Financial Management, Sustainability Strategies, and Results-Oriented Evaluation.


American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

American Childhood Cancer Organization
An organization dedicated to cancer research and awareness with valuable online resources.

American Diabetes Association

The Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

American Heart Association

The mission of the American Heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research.

Arthritis Intervention Programs

The CDC Arthritis Program recommends evidence-based programs that are proven to improve the quality of life of people with arthritis. The programs currently being promoted are:

  • *Three self-management education programs
  • *Five physical activity programs
  • *Two health communications campaigns promoting physical activity

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
AAFA is the only asthma and allergy patient organization that offers educational programs and tools for patients, caregivers, and health professionals.

Community Guide: What Works to Promote Health?

The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. Systematic reviews are used to answer these questions:
  • Which program and policy interventions have been proven effective?
  • Are there effective interventions that are right for my community?
  • What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment?

Harvard School of Public Health Healthy Eating Plate and Healthy Eating Pyramid

Lupus Foundation of America

The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is the oldest and largest national nonprofit voluntary health organization focused on improving the quality of life for people with lupus.

Mental Health and Addictive Behaviors: Dual Diagnosis Infographic

Mesothelioma Group
Has an excellent informative guide to understanding cancer.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Smoking Cessation Resources

Certain population groups in South Carolina suffer at disproportionate rates from the death and disease brought on by tobacco use. Efforts to identify and eliminate these disparities are integrated into all of the Tobacco Division’s activities.

Healthy Homes

Good Health Begins at Home

Learn what you can do to help yourself and your family to have better health at home. This site offers health and safety tips about the home structure and land and things you can do at home to protect your health and lower your risk for the leading causes of death.

Physical Activity

Campgrounds and Parks in South Carolina

Enjoy the campgrounds and parks in South Carolina

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

Here are some helpful physical activity guidelines to follow.

Start Walking Now

Heart disease is this country's No.1 killer. But by exercising for as little as 30 minutes each day you can reduce your risk. That's what the Start! Movement is all about: Walk more. Eat better. Live a longer, healthier life. Countless people across the country are jumping on board. Join them in the Start! Movement, get walking and start taking a more active role in your health!

Trails Map by County in South Carolina

Get outside and enjoy the hiking trails of South Carolina!

University of South Carolina Reports and Tools for Physical Activity

This is a useful reference developed by the University of South Carolina that links to reports and tools on physical activity in the community.

Volunteer Walk Leader Manual

This manual was developed by Jean Butel in partnership with Linda Pekuri and the Sumter Active Lifestyles Coalition in South Carolina. It was used in conjunction with an in-person training session for community volunteers interested in starting a walking group. The manual provides relevant and useful information to assist walk leaders and enhance the walk leader experience. It contains the information and tools needed to be a successful volunteer walk leader. When using these materials, please use the following citation: Volunteer Walk Leader Manual. Sumter County Active Lifestyles, 2008.


Implementing a Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative in Your Workplace

This toolkit provides guidance for implementing a tobacco-free campus initiative that includes a policy and comprehensive cessation services for employees.

Infinite Wellness Solutions

Employee wellness programs are an investment in your corporation's most valuable resource, your workers. Research has shown that workers are more likely to come to work and performing well when they are in optimal physical and psychological health. Employees are also more likely to be attracted to, remain with, and appreciate a company that appreciates them.  This website has useful wellness resources and links for implementing employee wellness at your workplace.


"CDC's LEAN Works! Leading Employees to Activity and Nutrition" is a FREE web-based resource that offers interactive tools and evidence-based resources to design effective worksite obesity prevention and control programs, including an obesity cost calculator to estimate how much obesity is costing your company and how much savings your company could reap with different workplace interventions.

State Employee Wellness Initiatives
This brief examines the major wellness and prevention initiatives implemented by governors for state employees in recent years.

Well Workplace Awards Initiative

The cornerstone of the Wellness Council of America is the "Well Workplace" Awards process. This innovative initiative recognizes quality and excellence in worksite health promotion. Driven by a pre-defined set of worksite wellness criteria, organizations of all kinds compete to be recognized as one of America's Healthiest Companies. If your organization is looking to compete for national recognition, then we encourage you to consider the Well Workplace Awards initiative.

Wellness Committees

Learn about how to structure worksite wellness committees to gain employee input on Worksite Health Promotion (WHP) activities and planning. Many companies establish an "employee wellness committee" to provide guidance on all phases of a worksite health promotion (WHP) program and provide ongoing support for WHP program managers.


Hands on Health
This website is a compilation of resources that promote healthy lifestyles in South Carolina.

How Healthy is Your County
New county health rankings give first county-by-county snapshot of health in each state.

Healthy People

Healthy People provides a framework for prevention for the Nation. It is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats.

Recommended community strategies and measurements to prevent obesity in the United States

The Center for Disease Control recommends community strategies for obesity prevention in the United States

Reshaping our Communities, Reclaiming our Health

African Americans define strategies for healthy kids and healthy neighborhoods, 2009.

Resources for Practitioners and Researchers

2008 Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit

The Toolkit is designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children who are in the child welfare system and who have experienced traumatic stress and how to use this knowledge to support children's safety, permanency, and well-being through case analysis and corresponding interventions tailored for them and their biological and resource families.

Best Practices Registry (BPR) for Suicide Prevention

The purpose of the BPR is to identify, review, and disseminate information about best practices that address specific objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention through a collaboration between the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and funding by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Child Health Care Quality Toolbox
This section describes several existing measurement sets (quality measures) used by public programs serving children, including Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and Title V of the Social Security Act, and by private sector entities.

Clinical Research Study Investigator's Toolbox

This Toolbox provides a web-based information repository for investigators and staff involved in clinical research.  It includes templates, sample forms, guidelines, regulations, and information materials to assist investigators in the development and conduct of high quality clinical research studies.

Community Toolbox

The Toolbox promotes community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources.

National Cancer Institute – Implementation Science

This website has information about designing for dissemination, funding opportunities, dissemination and implementation research portfolio, research reviews, and resources.

National Health Plan Collaborative Toolkit

This Toolkit of resources, lessons, best practices, and case studies is intended to help other health plans join the effort to reduce disparities, including new methods of measuring and addressing racial and ethnic disparities.

Prevention Education Resource Center (PERC)

PERC is a web-based repository of educational materials related to prevention and population health.

Social Vulnerability Index for the United States
This index measures the vulnerability of U.S. counties to environmental hazards.

Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA)

Resources on CBPR Research and Training

University of Utah Guidelines for Community-Based Research Partnerships

University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center: Instrument Matrix - Interactive Conceptual Model

Robert Johnson Woods Foundation Webinar: A New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health
Shares research and best practices in effective communication about the social determinants of health and the complex beliefs and conflicted values that come along with it.

The Community Engaged Scholarship Toolkit

University-Community Partnership for Social Action Research Network (UCP-SARnet Project)

Community-Based Scholarship

Community-Based Participatory Research