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Monday, 01 June 2015 19:14

KU Community Tool Box receives a $250k grant to help sustain their global efforts

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The University of Kansas is continuing to make strides not only here in our community, but all over the globe.

KU Endowment announced on Monday that they received a $250,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help sustain the Community Tool Box. A free resource provided by the university to help improve the health and development of communities in the U.S. and abroad.

The website, launched back in 1995, now has 7,000 pages of resource materials in English, Spanish, and are working on making Arabic translations as well.

"It's tools that enable people and the community's to assess the situation, to plan, take action together [and] evaluate the success of what they do. What we're doing is planning as a work group for how it is we can expand other services, how we can generate particularly those activities that generate resources to allow us to sustain this over the long haul," said Stephen Fawcett, director of the KU Work Group for Community Health and Development.

In the last year, Community Tool Box had more than 5.8 million visitors from 230 countries around the globe.

The website covers a wide range of issues across urban areas, and even remote villages in developing nations. Many health departments here in the U.S. use the Community Tool Box for their work regarding access to health care services, and even halfway across the world in Ghana, university professors use the tool box to train hundreds of community health students every year.

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