Numerous tools exist for assessing and addressing community engagement from Arnstein’s (1969) early “ladder of participation” to the CDC’s Continuum of Community Engagement (2011), to the to the Public Participation Spectrum developed by the International Association for Public Participation. These tools help community groups differentiate token participation from authentic shared decision making.
Toolkit 8. Increasing Participation and Membership
Equity and Justice require collaboration for effective and lasting improvement. Although much of the research and practice of behavioral science and health promotion occurs at the individual level, adaptation of the strategies and tactics can be successfully applied at the community level when professionals collaborate with the community to facilitate success.
A partnership between a professor and researcher in a public health education department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a professor of social work at the same university, and a pastor of a nearby African American church served as facilitators of a unique partnership among community leaders across multiple community sectors. The collaboration activities included conducting several community-based health summits to identify issues and concerns as well as develop a community agenda for health systems improvement, development of a community grant writing course that engaged graduate students and community-based organizations in program development and technical support, and an advocacy campaign. Impacts across health care systems, food venues, transportation, housing, education and employment were documented. Data from community health assessments, community concerns surveys, and community-level indicators of success were shared among many community members and community based organizations.
An adaptable model for collaboration among universities, funders, health professionals, community based organizations, and faith congregations was developed. This model served to develop community health improvement agendas for a variety of important health and wellness outcomes.
GCHI Prezi with key points and lessons learned
2014 Community Health Assessment Prezi
Mt Zion Baptist Church
Faith Health Summit program
Faith Health Summit final report
Grant Writing Course syllabus