Innovative Strategies for Engaging Residents in Community Health Improvement Planning

Innovative Strategies for Engaging Residents in Community Health Improvement Planning


On this All In webinar, representatives from Public Health Seattle-King County, WA and Garrett County, MD shared how they developed and tailored processes and strategies for engaging residents in community health improvement planning as well as some of the barriers and opportunities encountered along the way.

Projects Showcased

Public Health – Seattle and King County was able to combine qualitative and quantitative data to provide compelling evidence that the physical and social environment in the neighborhood have significant implications for community health.

 Garrett County Health Department’s recent development of the Garrett County Planning Tool, a digital community planning experience, has empowered thousands of historically unrepresented individuals to participate in community planning. 

Additional Resources

This blog shares key takeaways from this All In webinar, which featured presenters from two communities that developed innovative processes to engage residents in providing valuable data to inform community health improvement planning. 

On this episode of the All In podcast, Shelley Argabrite explains how the Garrett County Health Department’s digital data platform has transformed the way they engage hard-to-reach rural residents in community health planning, making the process more equitable and using multi-sector data to drive decision-making.

Although the argument for evaluating advocacy is convincing, advocacy has long been considered “too hard to measure,” and so far relatively few advocates, funders, or evaluators have taken on the challenge. This tool was developed to help address that gap in knowledge. It guides users through four basic steps of advocacy evaluation planning.

The Universal Community Planning Tool (UCPT) is a population health planning framework that guides communities in implementing a digital collaborative to track their community’s planning processes.

Political advocacy wasn’t an initial focus of Seattle Chinatown-International District’s BUILD grant application. But when the partners supplemented hospital and public health data with the results of a qualitative survey and community listening sessions, they had clear evidence to support the need for new policies to address health problems.

Recently, an online planning tool created by the Garrett County Health Department is changing the way public health is engaging with the digital community. For one rural Appalachian community, this platform was a radical shift away from the traditional bureaucratic process of creating a community health improvement plan led by the local health department.

Watch a Q&A with BUILD Health Challenge Awardee Nadine Chan, who discusses how a revamped community survey in Seattle’s Chinatown International District revealed residents’ most basic needs and provides striking data to spur decision makers.