Authentic community engagement is required in public health interventions.
Engaging the community acknowledges the expertise that communities most impacted by public health problems have and the importance of their knowledge being integrated into all levels of planning and development. Drawing on community strengths is essential to ensure these populations are authentically treated with dignity and respect.
Focusing on equity is essential to ensuring all populations can attain health.
Examining data at the intersections of race, culture and resources is essential to identifying populations that are disproportionately impacted by public health problems. Once identified, thinking through how to address these disparities are at the center of equity and social justice.
This framework guides our understanding of how the individual, community, and societal levels operate and interact with one another. While individual behavior is important, intervening on the community level will create lasting change.
Explore the conditions that support or inhibit healthy community conditions.
Public health problems do not occur in isolation and must be solved by addressing the root causes of the problem, instead of symptoms. These root causes, called social determinants of health are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources.
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