of the Environment: Data that describe the community, its health, and threats
to its health are critical parts of building health. There are many methods and sources of
Identifying and Mobilizing Resources: Resources are those entities which add
value. Resources for improvement can be found in all communities, often in very unexpected
places. Once found, they must be mobilized to move the healthy community efforts along.
Forging Collaboration: Collaboration is the joint development of projects. It
is the “Win -Win” situation. We must understand and value all contributions and must
build trust in the community for successful collaboration.
Creating Ownership: Ownership is the buy-in of participants brought about by
their inclusion in the development of a venture or intervention. This is critical to the
success in building health in a community.
Measuring Performance: Measuring performance provides evidence of success or
lack of success in building health in the community. Performance measures quantify the
work and outcomes.