From problem identification to developing solutions, community voice and leadership are key to generating effective, community competent interventions. The knowledge and wisdom of community residents are some of the most important assets for a public health initiative. Yet, too often traditionally underserved communities like communities of color, rural, immigrant and LGBTQ communities, are excluded from participating in processes critical for their own well-being. This session will explore best practices in community engagement through case studies including asset mapping, community led evaluation methods as well as effective tools for community listening and collaborative policy development.
Higher Ground Strategies
At the end of the session participants will be able to:
- Understand the power of community voice and involvement;
- Increase understanding of participatory planning, policy development and evaluation principles;
- Examine case studies and best practice in community engagement;
- Describe community engagement tools; and
- Introduce community-led asset mapping and evaluation methods.