Promoting Health at the Community Level is the first book to provide a systematic examination of community-based health promotion. Edited by Doug Easterling, Kaia Gallagher, and Dora Lodwick, this innovative text uses seven case studies to evaluate community-driven health promotion and present promising strategies for initiating and sustaining community-based efforts. Individual chapters describe real-world, multi-site health initiatives and summarize their evaluation outcomes. Offering unique lessons for community-based coalitions and supportive organizations, Promoting Health at the Community Level will also inspire academics and students to further explore this innovative approach to health promotion and disease prevention.
Chapter 3: The Community Indicators Project: Tracking Health and Quality of Life
The Community Indicators Project: Tracking Health and Quality of Life
Chapter 2 presented an overview of the Colorado Healthy Communities Initiative (CHCI) and provided a detailed description of the community-based planning process that served as the point of departure for local stakeholder groups. This chapter focuses on the Community Indicators Project (CIP), which supported roughly half of the CHCI groups in developing a set of indicators that could be used to monitor their communities' health and quality of life.
The Power of Indicators
One of the simplest, yet most powerful, tools for maintaining and promoting an individual's health is the blood pressure monitor. Knowing a person's [Page 44]blood pressure facilitates the diagnosis of acute ...