Date of Graduation

Summer 8-27-2014

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services, through Cradle to Career, promotes collective impact around educational attainment and workforce development, and has become a leader in developing a framework for community schools. The first step in developing a community schools model is to understand and inventory what is already going on in the community. This process, known more formally as asset mapping, is a participatory process focused on documenting the strengths and resources of a community. The collaborative nature of the process helps to promote community involvement and build community cohesion. In order to assist schools wanting to begin an asset mapping process, the Department of Health Services sought to develop a toolkit for community asset mapping. The following paper is a summary on a 300-hour fieldwork experience at the Department of Health Services specific to understanding asset mapping and developing a guide for communities and schools wanting to discover their assets.

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