Tools & Resources
- Advocate’s Congregational Health Assessment provides a process for communities to take stock of their health from a holistic perspective. Participants learn about their health status and behaviors and are encouraged to explore what health means to them, both as individuals and as a community of faith.
- ChangeLab Solutions provides community-based strategies for America’s most common and preventable diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and asthma.
- The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a resource for evidence-based recommendations and findings on interventions and policies that improve health and prevent disease in communities. A user can conduct a search on various topics, such as nutrition, obesity, physical activity, tobacco, and diabetes. Also, the Community Guide provides information on policies, programs or services, funding, research, and education
- National denominations who have established community health policies and national health ministries: United Church of Christ’s Faithfully HEALing, Adventists InStep for Life, The National Baptist Convention, African Methodist Episcopal Church Health Ministry (AMEC)
- Protestant Congregations: Aligning and Leveraging Assets for Vulnerable Populations and Governmental Partners Who Care For Them. Prepared by Gary R. Gunderson and Teresa Cutts and edited by Urban Strategies under Contract Number HHSM-500-2010-00054C. Communications Strategy to Enhance and Reinforce the Faith-Based Partnerships, sponsored by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, Department of Health and Human Services. 2011.
- Gary R. Gunderson. Deeply Woven Roots: Improving the Quality of Life in Your Community, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997.
- Gary R. Gunderson, Boundary Leaders: Leadership Skills for People of Faith, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004.
- Gary R. Gunderson and Larry Pray. Leading Causes of Life, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006.
- Gary R. Gunderson and James R. Cochrane. Religion and Health of the Public: Transformative Practice. Accepted for publication.
- Lazarus, S & Cutts, T. Building a partnership to address violence in three historically colonized contexts: Report on research meeting in Memphis, December 2008. African Safety Promotion Journal, pp. 89-98, 2009.
- Collective Impact by John Kania, Mark Kramer, published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
- Cochrane, James R & Gunderson Gary R. Religion and Health of the Public: Shifting the Paradigm. New York: Palgrave McMillan Press, 2012.
- Realizing Possibilities: Effective Action in the Real World, a conversation with James Wilk on the Philosophy, Science and Art of Change
- Connecting with Communities: Community Health Initiatives Across New York State, 2012 Edition, Healthcare Association of New York, highlights successful examples of hospitals and health systems collaborating with local organizations to enhance the health of their communities. (Including Lutheran HealthCare’s Project Safe peer HIV/AIDS education program and the Sound Shore Medical Center’s Outpatient Pediatric Immunization Center)