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The following resources were created by the Community Health Improvement in Action (CHIA) project in collaboration with our partners. CHIA was funded by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health through a grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program.  


Drive Your Initiative with a Map:
The Strategy Map for Preventing and Reducing Alcohol Misuse
is an online, multi-layered model that will help you with every stage of community health improvement, from working together to assessing, planning, implementing evidence-based strategies, and -- especially -- evaluating your efforts. 

The Strategy Map is a visual guide to the alcohol-related community health improvement process with comprehensive links to resources, including:

  • Extensive data sources to identify local conditions and assess the results of your efforts
  • Maps that outline the causes of underage drinking and adult excessive alcohol use, helping you select strategies with strong scientific support of effectiveness.
  • Detailed information on over 25 evidence-based strategies, including sample indicators of impact and progress as well as links to implementation resources and research base
  • Sample local strategy maps for addressing youth access to alcohol and improving the retail alcohol environment.

Explore the Strategy Map at  
Download the User Guide to the Strategy Map
for an overview, site map, and a guide to using the map at various stages of coalition work.

Below is a picture of the first page of the Strategy Map.  Unlike the Strategy Map itself, this image is not interactive... follow the link above to start diving into the rich detail provided by this resource.


Report and Track Your Progress:
CHIA Sample Dashboard for Measuring the Progress and Impact of A
lcohol-Related Initiatives (version 2.1, released June 2017) is a template for organizing, tracking, and presenting data in a way that maximizes viewer understanding.  While the dashboard is alcohol-focused, it is a template that can be used for any health focus area and with any indicators.  Enter your local information in the data source tabs, and the Dashboard takes care of the rest, creating tables and charts that report on your community's health.

To get started with the dashboard, download the User Guide to the Dashboard (released May 2017), which has detailed instructions that make it easy to adapt this tool to meet your local needs. 

Short YouTube tutorials on the dashboard are also available for viewing. Note that the tutorials refer to the beta version of the dashboard that was released in October of 2016. 

Introducing the CHIA Dashboard:

Entering your YRBS Data:

Entering your BRFSS Data:

Advanced skills: Adding Additional Columns of Data:

Visualize your progress in an instant!  The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is one of the Dashboard's data source tabs.  Enter your initiative's objectives and local data (2009-15 shown below), and the Dashboard will automatically generate a check mark if you've met your objective, a trend line, and a red dot if your local data is worse than state or national data for the same year.   The dashboard also creates visually effective bar charts from this data and generates a 2-page report to share with your community.



Select Strategies and Write SMART Objectives:
Pick List of Alcohol-Related Strategies
(formerly called Alcohol-Related Objectives with Focus: a Pick List of Sample Objectives for Effective Implementation) is also available for download from the Table of Resources.  It details a dozen initiatives to improve your alcohol environment. 



Assess and Improve How Your Community Awards Licenses to Sell and Serve Alcohol:
Awarding Alcohol Licenses: Issues and Procedures
is a step-by-step guide to assessing and improving the process for awarding alcohol licenses in a municipality, created by the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project of the University of Wisconsin Law School in partnership with CHIA



Figure out what alcohol-related laws are on the books in your community:
Municipal Inventory: Evidence-Based Policies & Practices to Improve the Alcohol Environment
  is a listing of alcohol-related laws with room for you to note if and how they are being implemented in your area.  Created by the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project of the University of Wisconsin Law School in partnership with CHIA



Keep alcohol in the spotlight of your prevention efforts:
Why Alcohol Should Continue to Be a Focus of Prevention Campaigns
(pdf):   With the spotlight on heroin or meth, many Wisconsin coalitions find it difficult to keep a dual focus on excessive alcohol use.  However, alcohol continues to be one of the most harmful drugs in our communities.  Aggressively targeting risky and unhealthy alcohol use is an important part of an effective overall prevention strategy and is key to saving lives, improving quality of life, and helping communities thrive. 


Learn about municipal social host ordinances in Wisconsin:
Social Host Ordinance Fact Sheet
(2015 pdf):  Though a 2016 Wisconsin court ruling has rendered municipal social host ordinances unenforceable, you may be interested in how over 60 Wisconsin communities used this legislation to curb youth access to alcohol.  Download the 2015 Word document version and add your own local statistics, from your YRBS and/or other sources, regarding underage drinking rates, alcohol-related harms to youth, and youth access to alcohol.  Created by CHIA in partnership with the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project of the University of Wisconsin Law School.


Handouts and slides from CHIA's in-person training events:

Presenting Data Effectively on April 26, 2016 in Stevens Point.  Facilitated by Stephanie Evergreen of Evergreen Data.

CHIA Summit on October 23, 2015 in Stevens Point.  Facilitated by David Fetterman of Fetterman & Associates

The Power Prism on June 22, 2015, in Stevens Point. Facilitated by Diane Pickles of M+R:

Your MAP to Changing Municipal Alcohol Policy
on April 28, 2015, in Stevens Point.  Facilitated by Julia Sherman of the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project of the University of Wisconsin Law School, Julie Willems Van Dijk of the UW Population Health Institute, Aaron Ruff of the Marathon County AOD Partnership, Lisa Rasmussen of the Wausau City Council, and Sara Jesse of the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards:


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