Using a Community Health Development Framework to Increase Community Capacity: A Multiple Case Study Academic Article uri icon


  • Copyright 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. The Physical Activity and Community Engagement Project utilized a comparative case study to understand how a theoretical framework called community health development (CHD) influences community capacity. Three rural communities (cases) developed interventions using a CHD framework. Researchers collected qualitative evidence measuring capacity and the CHD process for more than 3 years. Patterns identified seven capacity constructs relevant to CHD, including community history, civic participation, leadership, skills, resources, social and interorganizational networks, and critical reflection. Community health development focuses on population health improvement and strengthening community capacity. As such, it helps communities address local priorities and equips them to address future issues.

published proceedings

  • Family and Community Health

author list (cited authors)

  • Garney, W. R., Wendel, M., McLeroy, K., Alaniz, A., Cunningham, G., Castle, B., Ingram, M., & Burdine, J.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Garney, Whitney R||Wendel, Monica||McLeroy, Kenneth||Alaniz, Angela||Cunningham, George||Castle, Billie||Ingram, Monique||Burdine, James

publication date

  • March 2017