2022's Most Popular Content on Community Commons

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On Community Commons, you can find thousands of curated tools, resources, data, and stories. Hundreds more are added each month. In 2022 alone, we added 2,376 new resources, including 32 Community Commons originals, 48 new topics, 8 new libraries, and a new channel. We looked at the analytics to see what you—our users—were most interested in throughout the past year, and have rounded up some of the most popular content on Community Commons. Explore the top originals, topics, and resources, as well as staff picks.


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New PHERN Topic: Community Assessment and Engagement

Community assessment is a systematic process by which a community’s health status and related factors are examined; it is used to identify problems and assets in a community. Through community engagement, stakeholders work together to address health-related issues and promote well-being with the goal of improving health outcomes. These two processes work hand-in-hand to facilitate health improvements. Explore featured resources on community assessment and engagement on PHERN.


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Fighting for Public Health: Findings, Opportunities, and Next Steps from a Feasibility Study to Strengthen Public Health Advocacy

In light of the current climate of eroding trust and falling investments in public health, a critical question has emerged: How do we strengthen public health advocacy at local, state, and national levels? This feasibility study includes insights gathered from personal interviews with public health advocates and leaders from 45 organizations. Learn more about engaging those who share a sense of urgency in collective, purposeful action to strengthen public health advocacy in the United States.


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New Topic: Middle Eastern and Arab Americans

From pioneering the development of the artificial heart and the iPod, to blowing the whistle on the Flint Water Crisis, the many accomplishments and contributions of Arab and Middle Eastern Americans are and will continue to be integral to our society. Arab and Middle Eastern Americans have repeatedly been subjected to injustices in this country, including racial profiling, arbitrary detention, and workplace discrimination. Learn more about this important priority population and explore dozens of newly curated resources.


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COVID-19 has illustrated that public health practitioners need access to data and tools that appropriately identify, respond to, culturally tailor, and reach historically marginalized and/or racialized populations during crises. Project REFOCUS provides a real-time crisis monitoring system and educational resources for this purpose. Explore tools that can be used to monitor the presence of social stigma and support historically marginalized and disproportionately affected populations during public health crises.


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New Health Equity Tool from The Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge

The Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge has released a new health equity tool. This resource features six interactive stories that highlight the approaches and impacts of 20 communities across the nation working to improve access to food and health services. Learn more about their collaborative, community-led strategies and ways you can adapt these approaches to systems change to fit your community context.


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New IP3 Blog: Monitoring Trends in Population Health and Well-Being Over Time

Population health data helps us account for local conditions, instead of making assumptions about what is needed, and prioritize strategies for community improvement. We often look at a recent “snapshot” of community data, but additional insights can be gleaned with multiple years of data. It’s helpful to monitor data over time to keep tabs on how relevant population health indicators are changing. Read more about tracking data relevant to your work over time here.


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Farm Bill 2023: Advancing Public Health at the Intersection of Food, Environment, and Economic Policy


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Disability-Related Stress and Inaccessibility as Trauma


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