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Capacity Building and Participatory Evaluation

For more information, please contact Christina Holt at the KU Work Group by phone at (785) 864-0533, or by email at

Mission Statement

The mission of the KU Work Group is to promote community health and development through collaborative research, teaching, and public service. We work with strategic partners, locally and globally, in three domains: a) Community and Public Health (e.g., prevention of chronic diseases, substance abuse, violence); b) Child/Youth Health and Development (e.g., prevention of childhood obesity; promoting healthy youth development); and c) Community and Capacity Development (e.g., urban neighborhood development; leadership training).

Example Projects

  • Documentation and capacity development for statewide efforts to prevent substance abuse
  • Participatory research with the Latino Health for All Coalition
  • National study of how community programs and policies affect childhood obesity
  • Participatory Evaluation of the Kansas City Chronic Disease Coalition’s efforts to reduce disparities in health outcomes
  • Documentation and capacity development for violence prevention initiatives of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Some funding sources

  • National Institutes of Health
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • State and local government agencies

The KU Work Group provides information and training in the fields of community health and development both online and through training workshops. Through the Community Tool Box, the KU Work Group also provides online resources as a public service.

For more information about our services, please contact the KU Work Group by phone at (785) 864-0533, by email at or visit