Community Engagement Guidebook
Engaging community members in problem-solving solutions to issues that affect them is one of the fundamental principles of public health. The most effective way to achieve public health goals, especially the elimination of disparities in health status, is to actively engage those experiencing the problems in every aspect of addressing them. Community engagement means involving community members in all activities—from identifying the relevant issues and making decisions about how to address them, to evaluating and sharing the results with the community. The information found here provides background, tips and tools for effective community engagement.
I. Overview: What is Community Engagement?
These pages examine the principles and lessons behind community engagement.
- Benefits of Community Engagement
- Two-Way Communication
- Models of Community Engagement
- Principles of Community Engagement
- Assessing Your Organization's Readiness to Engage the Community
- Recommendations for Parent Participation
- What Is Public Participation?
II. Resources and Tools
These pages provide models, strategies and tools for community engagement.
- Things to Know when Choosing Tools
- Strategies and Skills
- Evaluating Your Success
III. Groups and Events: Planning, Organizing, and Conducting
Mobilizing key community people and organizations—and keeping them engaged—helps ensure a project's success. These tools focus on the process of forming and running groups and meetings.
- Charges, Missions, and Program Overviews
- Meeting Protocol: Conducting and Facilitating Meetings
- Facilitating and Encouraging Participation
- Decision-Making Styles and Models
IV. Multicultural Community Resources
The process of community engagement often involves integrating practices of preventing discrimination, correcting imbalances, and managing relationships of difference. These tools can help to increase diversity, promote cultural competence, and enhance organizational credibility and effectiveness in your project or program.
- About Multicultural Communities
- Characteristics of Culturally Competent Organizations
- Ground Rules: Cross-Cultural Dialogue
- Moving Along the Cultural Competence Continuum: An Ongoing Journey
V. Community Engagement Resources
This page contains links to additional information on community engagement and related information.