Other Tools

External Resources

Cancer Facts & Figures

The American Cancer Society provides estimates of the numbers of new cancer cases and deaths expected each year, as well as information on survival, symptoms, prevention, early detection, and treatment.

Community Commons

Community Commons is an interactive mapping tool for community health projects.  Registered users have free access to large data sets and can generate interactive maps based on smoking rates, access to affordable foods, poverty, racial disparities and other data.  Data are available at the state, county, and zipcode level, depending on data source.

Community Guide: The Guide to Community Preventive Services

The Community Guide, developed the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is free resource designed to help users choose programs and policies to improve community health and prevent disease  – including cancer.  Systematic reviews are used to answer these questions:

  • Which program and policy interventions have been proven effective?
  • Are there effective interventions that are right for my community?
  • What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment?
Community-Engaged Research Resource Materials for Community Partners and Academics

Developed by UC San Francisco, this site has many simple guides and resource manuals about how to conduct community-engaged research.  Materials are customized for academic researchers, community-based organizations and community-based clinicians.

Covering Wisconsin

A site providing resources about insurance coverage and other health-related programming for Wisconsin residents to support them in making informed decisions.


This website is designed to provide community organizations and the public with up-to-date health and population data for Dane County.  Included are a wide range of health, quality of life and economic indicators.  The website also features a Disparities Dashboard comparing data by age, sex and race where available.

Men’s Health Day Toolkit

This toolkit was developed to help American Indian/Native Alaskan communities launch a Men’s Health Day program, a one-stop screening and education event including physical exams, screening for cancer, diabetes and heart disease, and health education.  It can also be used by other communities with modification.  The toolkit is based on a men’s screening program implemented successfully with the Standing Rock Community Health Representative Program and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in south central North Dakota and north central South Dakota, in collaboration with Custer Health and Spirit of EAGLES.

Putting Public Health Evidence in Action Training Workshop

This is an interactive training curriculum which supports community program planners and health educators in developing skills in using evidence-based approaches and learning about new tools for planning and evaluating community health interventions. The materials include resources for planning and delivering a “Putting Public Health Evidence in Action” training workshop with a Facilitator’s Guide and support materials.

Research Toolkit: A Toolkit for Health Research in Partnership with Practices and Communities

Whether you are just getting started, or have been active in research for awhile, this site has tools and guidance for all aspects of a research project, so that you don’t have to start from scratch. This web site is organized by phase of research, from building collaborations to disseminating and closing research. It is developed by a grant from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

Wisconsin Cancer Specifics

This site gives you information about cancer incidence and mortality in Wisconsin. A series of questions guides you through selecting what information you’d like to see, and for what period of time.  The cancer module is part of the Department of Health Services’s WISH system (or Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health).

Health Literacy Data Map

This interactive map illustrates health literacy estimates for a range of levels from national to county to census block.  Estimates are determined by a host a variables from the 2010 U.S. Census and 2011 5-year American Community Surveys (ACS).

University of Wisconsin Affiliated

Memorandum of Understanding

Develolped by the UW Collaborative Center for Health Equity, this short document is intended to introduce you to community-based participatory research (CBPR) and broad themes to consider when contemplating the development and implementation of a CBPR project. References and resources are provided throughout to encourage deeper exploration of issues and to point to more developed sources of information about CBPR.

County Health Rankings

The County Health Rankings is a website which assesses the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states, using a standard way to measure how healthy people are and how long they live.  The Rankings consider factors that affect people’s health within four categories: health behavior, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment.  The Rankings are produced by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

What Works for Health

Developed by experts at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, What Works for Health is a new online tool you can use to find tested, effective policies and programs to improve health in your community. What Works for Health has an easy-to-use, searchable menu of policies and programs focusing on factors that make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play.

W banners hang from the columns of Bascom Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during winter on Dec. 9, 2016. In the foreground is the Abraham Lincoln statue. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)