Community Health Resource Navigator

Community Health Resource Navigator

Social and environmental factors account for more than 50 percent of all health outcomes. Helping patients identify resources they can use to lead healthier lives is an important role family physicians can provide.  

To assist our physicians, the AAFP developed the Community Health Resource Navigator (CHRN). The CHRN is an interactive mapping tool for AAFP members that locates community resources relevant to your patient’s health needs. It generates a customized report that may be downloaded, printed, and shared during a patient visit.

The purpose of the CHRN is to help family physicians personalize care by assessing patients’ environment and barriers to healthy living. The tool provides resources in communities that can assist patients in achieving a healthy lifestyle. This may help shape counseling options and shared decision-making discussions.

The CHRN currently includes resources addressing Healthy Eating and Active Living and Tobacco Prevention and Control.

Healthy Eating and Active Living resources include:

  • Grocery stores (supermarket and ethnic)
  • Farmer’s markets
  • State and local parks
  • Recreation facilities (public and private)

Tobacco Prevention and Control resources include:

  • Smoking cessation resources, including state quitline services and other resources
  • Smoke-free laws and ordinances (comprehensive and partial bans)
  • Smoking statistics

Get Started

Use the CHRN to begin locating community resources for your patients.

AAFP member username and password required.

Supported in part by a grant from the AAFP Foundation.

Supported in part by a grant from the AAFP Foundation.