Community Guidelines/Best Practices

AHRQ Guide to Clinical Preventive Services
From the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), recommendations on screening, counseling, and preventive medication topics and includes clinical considerations for each topic. This new pocket guideline (2012) is an authoritative source for making decisions about preventive services. Available on the web and PDF. 

CDC Community Health Resources
CDC’s Division of Adult and Community Health developed the Community Health Resources searchable database to assist community health partners, coalitions and activists as they navigate CDC’s web-based resources for planning, implementing and evaluating community health interventions to address chronic disease and health disparities issues. Community Health Resources includes a variety of chronic disease and other important community health topics as well as resources developed by CDC such as program guidelines and recommendations, program planning and evaluation guides and communication campaigns.

Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health

Guide to Community Preventive Services

Physical Activity for Everyone

REACH US- Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health

SMART BRFSS City and County Data

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
The County Health Rankings show us that where we live matters to our health. The health of a community depends on many different factors – ranging from individual health behaviors, education and jobs, to quality of health care, to the environment. This first-of-its-kind collection of 50 reports – one per state – helps community leaders see that where we live, learn, work, and play influences how healthy we are and how long we live. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is collaborating with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to develop these Rankings for each state’s counties. This model has been used to rank the health of counties in Wisconsin for the past six years. The County Health Roadmaps show what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play.

National Guideline Clearinghouse
The National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) is a comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research [AHCPR]), in partnership with the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Association of Health Plans (AAHP). The NGC mission is to provide physicians, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals and providers, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation and use.

Guideline by Topic

Guide to Community Preventive Services
The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. Systematic reviews are used to answer these questions.

Adolescent Health
Birth Defects
Mental Health
Motor Vehicle
Oral Health
Physical Activity
Social Environment

Community Guideline Publications
Many are from American Journal of Preventive Medicine or Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports.

PH Partners Journals and Guidelines
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet. Resources to help you access the public health literature as well as links to titles from members of the Partners project.

Promising Practices Network (PPN)
Operated by the RAND Corp., the PPN website offers research-based information on what works to improve the lives of children and families. In addition to providing information on Programs that Work, PPN also links to additional research information in all areas related to child well-being, including their physical and mental health, academic success, and economic security. These additional resources include Research in Brief, Resources and Tools and Expert Perspectives. To promote successful implementation of best practices and model programs, PPN also screens and posts evidence-based information of effective Service Delivery. Learn about their process for reviewing information for inclusion on the site and how to submit a program for consideration.

US Preventive Services Task Force
The USPSTF is an independent panel of non-Federal experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine and is composed of primary care providers (such as internists, pediatricians, family physicians, gynecologists/obstetricians, nurses, and health behavior specialists). The USPSTF conducts scientific evidence reviews of a broad range of clinical preventive health care services (such as screening, counseling, and preventive medications) and develops recommendations for primary care clinicians and health systems. These recommendations are published in the form of "Recommendation Statements."

WALHDAB & UW-Population Health Institute's Resources for Improving Community Health 

What works for Health Programs and Policies to Improve Public Health
This database, Policies and Programs to Improve Wisconsin's Health, is a summary of a wide scan of research to find evidence of effectiveness for policies and programs that address the multiple drivers of health that, in turn, affect our health outcomes. The database currently includes more than 360 policies and programs.

Wisconsin State Health Plan
Information on Healthy People 2010 and 2020 and implementation and evidence-based practice.

Healthiest WI 2010
This is the second Status Report from the Department of Health Services on progress in implementing the State Health Plan. The 2005 report serves as a midcourse review. It analyzes data to assess progress toward achieving the 11 health priorities in the Plan, and summarizes key Department activities and issues for each of the health priorities and the five infrastructure priorities.

Healthiest WI 2020
Healthiest Wisconsin 2020: Everyone Living Better, Longer represents the third decade of statewide community health improvement planning that is designed to benefit the health of everyone in Wisconsin and the communities in which we live, play, work, and learn. Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 declares a bold vision: Everyone Living Better, Longer, which reflects the plan’s twin goals: improve health across the life span, and eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity. The plan’s mission is to assure conditions in which people can be healthy, and members of healthy, safe, and resilient families and communities.