Home » From the Ground Up: An Organizing Handbook for Healthy Communities


This handbook was written by OHCC staff and volunteers as a guide to individuals, groups and coalitions who want to start a Healthy Community initiative in their community.

It gives information and tips on getting started, assessing community needs and assets, organizational development, planning, communication, leadership, partnerships, fundraising, evaluation and more. A glossary of terms, samples of forms and documents, and references for further information are also provided.

To order a hard copy of the publication, at a cost of $15.00 plus shipping, please contact us.

The PDF document has been divided into sections; click on the section title to view or download that section.

From the Ground Up- Section 1: Table of Contents, Introduction, Getting Started

From the Ground Up- Section 2: Getting Organized

From the Ground Up- Section 3: Developing Skills

From the Ground Up- Section 4: Taking Action

From the Ground Up- Sections 5 & 6: Evaluation Progress and Sustaining Momentum