Expanding Partnerships Resources

Engaging Faith Communities in Teen Pregnancy, STD/HIV Prevention Efforts

ACT for Youth Center for Excellence– This tip sheet from the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence offers practical strategies for engaging and partnering with FBOs around teen pregnancy and STD/HIV prevention efforts.

Being Y-AP Savvy: A Primer on Creating & Sustaining Youth Adult Partnerships

ACT for Youth Center of Excellence, 2010– This manual provides tools to help your organization envision and build effective and action-oriented youth/adult partnerships that will work to benefit your programs, your youth clients and the larger community.

Building Coalitions Among Communities of Color: A Multicultural Approach

Office of Minority Health 2004– This guide provides strategies for building collaborations that draw on the strengths and assets of communities of color to help eliminate disparities in health and in access to care.

Community Health Worker National Workforce Study

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, 2007— This report is a comprehensive information resource about community health workers, resulting from a HRSA-funded national study of the CHW workforce that was conducted between 2004 and 2007.

Community Health Workers: Closing Gaps in Families’ Health Resources

Family Strengthening Policy Center, National Human Services Assembly, 2006— This overview of CHWs from the perspective of low-income families’ needs highlights the important role of CHWs in reaching vulnerable and underserved families. It reviews the challenges and opportunities for ensuring their place as a sustainable and effective component of health and human service delivery and includes helpful tables and resource lists.

Community Health Workers: Part of the Solution

Rosenthal et. al. Health Affairs, Vol. 29, No. 7, 1338-1342, 2010 The authors’ recommendations and principles for developing the workforce of CHWs are backed by brief and informative discussion of CHWs’ roles, responsibilities, and contributions. Case studies from two states illustrate how CHWs can be supported and sustained by changes in systems and policies.

Community Health Workers Toolkit


Rural Assistance Center, Health and Human Services Information for Rural America    —  This website provides tools to help you evaluate opportunities for developing a CHW program and develop a program for your area, including resources and best practices developed by successful programs. Each of eight modules concentrates on different aspects of CHW programs.

Community Health Workers: What do we know about them?

World Health Organization, 2007 This review of existing evidence on the feasibility and effectiveness of CHW programs worldwide assesses the many facets of CHW programs and provides recommendations for fully tapping the potential of this important health resource.

Community Toolbox website

The Community Toolbox website is a virtual compendium of capacity-building resources, including detailed and practical information on building partnerships, assessing community needs, community engagement, advocacy and sustaining the work.

Confronting the Glass Ceiling of Youth Engagement

Academy for Educational Development– This paper, based on case studies and interviews with young people, adult allies, community organizers and others, provides strategies for overcoming barriers to meaningful youth engagement.

Culturally-Based Capacity Building: An approach to working in communities of color for social change

National Community Development Institute, 2007 This paper describes guiding principles and essential components of NCDI’s community capacity building model, a key aspect of which is building relationships across cultural identity groups and “forming viable partnerships across racial, social and cultural fault lines”.

Engaging Faith Communities in Teen Pregnancy, STD/HIV Prevention Efforts

ACT for Youth Center for ExcellenceThis tip sheet provides talking points and practical strategies for collaborating with faith-based organizations on efforts to support teens in staying healthy and leading meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Essential Tips for Successful Collaboration

Joint Work Group on School-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention– These tips, based on the experience of a national school-based teen pregnancy prevention initiative, describe key elements that contribute to the development and sustainability of successful collaborations around complex issues.

A Guide to Promotora Programs

Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., 2004– This guide describes different promotora program models, offers guidelines for implementing and evaluating promotora programs, and provides examples of promotora programs in operation across the nation.

Lessons Learned: Top 10 Tips for Working with Schools

South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, 2012— This tip sheet highlights ten lessons learned for working with schools. Although not all encompassing, they are based on years of working with schools across South Carolina.

Plain Talk Starter Kit: A Practical Guide to Community-Based Programming to Reduce Teen Pregnancy, STDs, and HIV/AIDS

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, 1999– This starter kit provides guidelines for implementing the Plain Talk initiative in your own community, and covers five basic components: community mapping, resident network, developing resident involvement and leadership, education and skills building, and reinforcing key messages.

Plain Talk: The Story of a Community-Based Strategy to Reduce Teen Pregnancy

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, 1998– The real stories and lessons learned from the launching of this initiative in 5 distinctly different communities demonstrate that engaging and training community residents to deliver outreach and education to adults and teens can bring about real and positive change.

The Power of an Untapped Resource: Exploring Youth Representation on your Board or Committee

Association of Alaska School Boards– This booklet, developed by youth, provides specific and practical guidelines and checklists for preparing your board for youth involvement, recruiting, choosing and educating youth members, and creating an infrastructure supporting shared youth/adult decision-making.

Sharing a Legacy of Caring: Partnerships between Health Care and Faith-Based Organizations

National Center for Cultural Competence and HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care, 2001– This monograph explores the potential of cooperative partnerships between health care and faith-based organizations to better meet the needs of vulnerable and underserved populations, to reduce health disparities and achieve community health goals.

Working with Diverse Communities: Strategies Guided by Best Practiceyellow star icon indicating that the item is a JSI publication.

JSI Research & Training Institute (JSI), 2012–To help Part A grantees to effectively address disparities and inequities in adolescent health, this document provides a list of recommended strategies specific to working with diverse communities around teen pregnancy prevention.