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Fam Community Health. 2017 Jan/Mar;40(1):18-23.

Using a Community Health Development Framework to Increase Community Capacity: A Multiple Case Study.

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Department of Health and Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station (Drs Garney and Cunningham); University of Louisville, School of Public Health, Louisville, Kentucky (Dr Wendel and Mss Castle and Ingram); and Center for Community Health Development, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, College Station (Drs McLeroy and Burdine and Ms Alaniz).


The Physical Activity and Community Engagement Project utilized a comparative case study to understand how a theoretical framework called community health development (CHD) influences community capacity. Three rural communities (cases) developed interventions using a CHD framework. Researchers collected qualitative evidence measuring capacity and the CHD process for more than 3 years. Patterns identified seven capacity constructs relevant to CHD, including community history, civic participation, leadership, skills, resources, social and interorganizational networks, and critical reflection. Community health development focuses on population health improvement and strengthening community capacity. As such, it helps communities address local priorities and equips them to address future issues.

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