Past Resource Recommendations

March 2013: The Society for Public Health (SOPHE): Guide to Effectively Educating State and Local Policy Makers 

April 2013:  Ann Emery's "Excel for Evaluation" Tutorials

May 2013:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Guide to Writing for Social Media  

June 2013:  Resources for Twitter Chats: (1) The Healthcare Hashtags Project from Symplur.  The goal of the project is to make Twitter more accessible for the healthcare (and public health) communities by creating a database of relevant hashtags that we follow for discussion, conferences, and Twitter chats.   (2) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) publication, "A Guide to Hosting a Twitter Chat". 

July 2013:  Resources on clear and concise ways to communicate about healthcare reform: (1)  "Health Reform Hits Main Street", a short animated movie written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. (2) "Helping Consumers Understand and Use Health Insurance in 2014", a discussion paper written by participants in an Institute of Medicine (IOM) roundtable on health literacy. 

August 2013:  New Media Toolkit from  It describes a variety of new media tools (e.g., blogs, photo sharing sites, video games, and Twitter) and provides practical examples of their application in public health. While the examples are HIV/AIDS focused, the toolkit is valuable for work across a variety of public health issues.

September 2013:  A 4-part blog series on Qualitative Research Methods from the Institute for Community Health (ICH).   

Part 1:  A quick introduction to qualitative methods for community partners

Part 2:   What do I do with all of this qualitative data?

Part 3:  I have such interesting qualitative data! Now how do I analyze it? 

Part 4:  What do these findings mean and how do I communicate them? 

October 2013:  American Public Health Association (APHA) resource on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for public health practitioners 

November 2013:  "Say It Right The First Time", a guide to using plain language to address health literacy, created by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health- Health Education Administration. 

December 2013: In response to the mounting needs of public health practitioners seeking reliable tools to advance health equity, the CDC developed "A Practitioner's Guide to Advancing Health Equity: Community Strategies for Preventing Chronic Disease".    

January-April 2014: "Social Media Update 2013" from the Pew Research Center. A great resource for any individuals or organizations that are using social media for outreach and engagement.

May 2014: "Evaluation Flash Cards: Embedding Evaluative Thinking in Organizational Culture" from The Otto Bremer Foundation, developed by Michael Quinn Patton. 

June 2014: "Data Visualization Checklist" developed by Stephanie Evergreen & Ann K Emery. It can be used as a guide to develop high impact data visualizations. Great for anyone looking to present data effectively to funders, clients, and stakeholders.

July 2014: The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) resource on the complementary roles and training of health education specialists and community health workers.

August 2014: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) publication "Social Networking: A Guide to Strengthening Civil Society Through Social Media". [*I recommend downloading the PDF for easy reading]

September 2014: "Data + Design": a new e-book (supported by Infoactive and 50+ authors) uses simple language to explain important data concepts as they relate to visualizing data. 

October 2014: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of the Associate Director for Policy has released "Using Evaluation to Inform CDC's Policy Process". This resource provides great practical examples for public health professionals (e.g., how to use a logic model to describe policy efforts).

November 2014: Public Health Reports has released a FREE to download supplement that presents "Public Health Systems Research to Strengthen Preparedness and Response"

December 2014: Joyce Lee, MD, MPH (aka "Doctor as Designer") has created a new social media guide for novices and superusers. It has a strong focus on Twitter and is a fantastic resource for public health individuals and organizations that want to get started with or expand their presence on that platform. 

January-March 2015: Check out Social Media Engagement and Public Health Communication: Implications for Public Health Organizations Being Truly “Social”. The full text of this article is available and discusses key issues from the definition of social media engagement to anticipated challenges.

April 2015: The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has published the inaugural issue of its latest peer-reviewed journal Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (PHP). The journal content is relevant for faculty, researchers, students, and various practitioners working in disease prevention and health promotion. It's a great time to check it out since the content will be free through June 3, 2015!

May 2015: In honor of the 20th anniversary of Weinreich Communications, they have released a FREE eBook called "Supercharge your social impact: Using social marketing for behavior change". 

June 2015: AcademyHealth recently released the report "Moving Health Services Research Into Policy and Practice: Lessons from Inside and Outside the Health Sector". The report highlights opportunities for (1) linking research and policy/practice communities, (2) strategically framing research and the context for its use, and (3) effectively communicating research findings.  

July 2015: CDC's National Center for Health Statistics recently launched a data visualization gallery. Explore interactive charts drawing on more than 100 years of data from the National Vital Statistics System. These beautiful and easy to understand visuals would be a great addition to any report or presentation. 

August 2015: The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) recently released a toolkit, "Advocating for Health Education Reimbursement in Medicaid State Plans". This toolkit can be used to educate, advocate and/or lobby for reimbursement of health education services in your state . 

September 2015: The Drexel University School of Public Health, Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication, has recently released a social media library that features message templates for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and includes content relevant to the preparedness, response, and recovery phases of 23 different public health disaster scenarios. 

October 2015: The George Washington University Cancer Institute has recently released a "Media Planning and Media Relations Guide." This easy-to-use guide covers everything from choosing media channels to evaluating your efforts. It also provides helpful templates for communication plans, letters to the editor, and press releases. While the examples focus on cancer prevention and control, this guide can be helpful to public health professionals working in all areas of prevention. 

November 2015: The Carter Center has recently released a Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health. The guide aims to increase accurate reporting of behavioral health issues, decrease stereotypes, and help journalists better understand mental health and substance use issues and access expert resources. In addition to journalists, this guide should be reviewed by any health organizations or educators developing health education resources (blogs, printed materials, etc.) on these topics.

December 2015: The Safe States Alliance has a Training Center, complete with a searchable database which lets users browse for trainings and other learning opportunities to build skills and enhance efforts to prevent injury and violence. This is a great resource if you are looking for ways to earn Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) or Certified in Public Health (CPH) continuing education credits. 

January 2016: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) host a Public Health Image Library (PHIL). Most of the images are in the public domain and are thus free of any copyright restrictions. This is a great way to access free public health photos for your work. Check it out here!

February 2016: New publication: "Concocting that Magic Elixir: Successful Grant Application Writing in Dissemination and Implementation Research".  The authors outline key competencies and tips to ensure successful grant development and submission. 

March 2016: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released the "Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool: A Guide for Health Education Teacher Preparation Programs in Institutions of Higher Education." This Guide provides a series of lessons for use by higher education instructors who are responsible for professional teacher preparation programs in health education and/or pre-service courses that focus on improving health education curriculum selection and instruction.

April-May 2016: The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) released a new resource called Challenges and Recommendations for Evaluating Suicide Prevention Programs. Many of the recommendations are also relevant to conducting evaluations in other areas of public health.

June 2016: Active Living By Design (ALBD) has recently released an updated version of its Community Action Model (CAM)This model is relevant to a variety of community health goals and highlights the importance of (1) community context, (2) six essential practices that support success, and (3) a 3P approach (Partner, Prepare and Progress). 

July 2016: This is Public Health campaign has recently launched a CafePress store. The campaign was created by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) to brand public health and educate the public regarding how public health affects individuals, families, communities, and populations.

August-September 2016: SAMHSA's Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) launched the Prevention Collaboration in Action Toolkit earlier this year. One of the newest tools focuses on Using Social Media to Facilitate Collaboration. While the CAPT focuses on the prevention of substance use and misuse, the resources and recommendations in this tool are applicable to all areas of public health. 

October 2016: The Health Research & Educational Trust released a resource on Creating Effective Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health. The document offers  lessons learned and best practices in identifying community health needs, potential partners, and sustainable partnership structures, as well as recommendations for overcoming obstacles and challenges and assessing partnerships. 

November-December 2016: The updated 2016 edition Data Visualization Checklist from Stephanie Evergreen and Ann K. Emery. This checklist is a wonderful resource to guide the development of high impact data visualizations (e.g., charts and graphs). 

January 2017: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has released state fact sheets which outline the impact of an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal. The fact sheets show state-by-state data on the number of people who would lose coverage and the loss of related federal funding.

February 2017: The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has published "Looking Forward: Health Education Priorities for America" (Recommendations for the new administration and the 115th Congress). SOPHE urges policymakers to address funding and policies related to: K-12 Health Education; Community-Based Prevention and Public Health Programs; Public Health Infrastructure- including Emergency Preparedness and Workforce Recruitment, Training and Retention; and Affordable, Accessible, and Quality Health Care. 

March 2017: Trust for America's Health has updated their  "Prevention Fund at Work: State-by-State Information" for all 50 states. These updates include data through fiscal year 2016. Knowing where and how the Prevention Fund is at work in your state is critical as you call, email, or visit your Congressional representatives.

April/May 2017: The California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) has developed a new guide called "After Rural Suicide: A Guide for Coordinated Community Postvention Response." While the content focus is on suicide "postvention", readers will find that the community-based participation and collaboration encouraged in this guide are relevant to many other areas of public health. You can download a webinar, the guide, and an accompanying excel file and customize to local needs.