Community Toolkit

The South Dakota Good & Healthy Community Health Needs Assessment and Improvement Planning Toolkit supports a community-driven process for improving communities’ health throughout South Dakota.

The core process steps provide a broad view of community health needs assessment and health improvement planning actions and will guide your community through the how-to, what-for, here-we-are, and now-what stages of a community health needs assessment.

Please note: This download is a zip file. It contains folders full of tools and templates you can use and adapt to fit your community’s needs.

Questions about this toolkit? Please contact:

Sandra Melstad
Public Health Consultant
SLM Consulting LLC

Additional tools

Social Media & Communication Resources

CDC Clear Communication Index

Research-based tool to help you develop and assess public communication materials


Website that allows users to create social media posts, documents, marketing materials and ads to promote community events, community health needs assessment activities, etc.

Community Health Improvement Plan (Action Planning) Resources

CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator

One-stop-shop that offers expert-vetted tools and resources to community stakeholders who lead or participate in CHI work.

Clinical and Community Connections

Association of state and territorial health officials.