Authentic community engagement acknowledges the skills and experiences of those most affected by public health problems, such as problem gambling, and the importance of drawing on community strengths to inform all levels of planning and development.
An equity focus acknowledges that negative health outcomes are associated with traditional policies and systems. Intentional initiatives that focus on knowledge, access, and support must be developed to ensure communities have the opportunity to attain their optimal health and to promote social justice.
Public health problems are the result of influences present at the individual, community, and societal levels. This model guides our understanding of how history, relationships, and communities shape our behaviors. It also shows how these different levels of influence interact with one another and intervene at the community and societal levels to create lasting change.
Public health problems are often symptoms of underlying conditions, and they must be solved by addressing the root causes of the problem. These root causes are called social determinants of health. They are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources thus creating social and physical environments that either support or undermine the health of the population.
The collective range of knowledge and experiences of our team informs how we provide program development, training, and capacity-building services to address the prevention of problem gambling and related public health issues.