Policy and practice go hand and hand: For successful policy change, you must also engage in practice activities to build community capacity for health.

Check out our detailed community capacity-building tool below to get started.

Model for Capacity Building

The Model for Capacity Building is a practical tool created with the understanding that health promotion is “the process of enabling people to increase control over their health and its determinants, and thereby improve their health”, as defined by the World Health Organization. 

Who Should Use this Resource?

  • Health promotion practitioners
  • Community organizations
  • Community champions who care for the health of their communities

Why was the Tool Developed?

  • To disseminate key practices and procedures of the Healthy Alberta Communities (HAC) project
  • To support health promotion practitioners, community organizations and individuals in making healthy choices easier for members of the community

What was the Healthy Alberta Communities Project?

The Healthy Alberta Communities project, affiliated with the Center for Health Promotion Studies at the University of Alberta School of Public Health, was a community building initiative aimed at reducing risk factors for development of chronic diseases.

The goal of the project was to make healthier choices easy in the day-to-day lives of people living in four Albeta communities: Bonnyville, St. Paul, Norwood/North Central Edmonton, and Medicine Hat.

To learn more about the Healthy Alberta Communities Project, click here.