Problem gambling is a preventable public health issue, and community-led approaches are an effective way to address shared community concerns. The field of problem gambling has been historically disconnected from community initiatives grounded in equity and social justice. Hence, partnerships and collaborations are essential to the acquisition of resources needed to realize shared goals. Effective community-led initiatives collaborate with, recognize and build on the strengths, resiliency, and existing leadership in disproportionately impacted communities. Community-Led development is an approach in which local community members work together to identify goals that are important to them, develop and implement plans to achieve those goals, and create collaborative relationships internally and with external actors—all while building on community strengths and local leadership. This training will define components of a community-led approach, and explore ways to engage those most impacted by problem gambling to develop partnerships and an action plan to achieve common goals with community partners.
At the end of this training, participants will be able to: