Region 2 Public Health Training Center

Community Engagement: The People's Approach to Improving Health

This is an all levels course offering CPH and CHES — Free
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1.50 hours


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This course developed by the Region 2 Public Health Training Center (PHTC) focuses on community engagement, and the role of local health departments in engaging local communities. It focuses on strategies for “true” community engagement, which is about collaborating with and empowering local communities, and recognizing the expert in every community member and every leader representing the community. It also provides an overview of case studies, best practices and strategies for community dialogue and engagement and/or integrating community engagement in public health practice.

This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.  

This learning opportunity addresses training topics identified in PHWINS 2017. 

Reviewers say, "There are a lot of excellent resources provided in this training. If you breeze through it then it could take 1.5 hours but it may take longer to complete. It is clear the intended audience is LHDs but is applicable to other roles." And, "Format translates well through Google Chrome Browser; If setting up a Train Account, it may take 24 hours to verify email; Make sure the training is ''marked complete" in Train to receive credit and Print Certificate to send to Region 2 for CEU."

What You'll Learn

  • Define community engagement
  • Discuss why community engagement is critical in advancing health and social equity
  • Describe the role of local health departments (LHDs) in engaging local communities and their leaders in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health interventions and policies
  • List best practices, strategies, and participatory processes for community dialogue and engagement
  • Discuss ways to integrate community engagement in public health practice

Competency Terms

Community Partnership Development
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Ethical Use of Data
Communication Skills
Community Input
Cultural Competency Skills
Population Diversity
Cultural Influence on Policies, Programs, & Services
Policy, Program, & Service Impacts
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Relationship Building
Partner Collaboration
Community Engagement
Community Assets
Community-Based Participatory Research

Related Occupations

Community Health Worker
Department/Bureau Director
Deputy Director
Health Educator
Health Officer
Home Health Worker
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Registered Nurse - Community Health Nurse
Social Services Counselor
Social Worker

Related Job Tasks

Assure an effective system that enables equitable access to the individual services and care needed to be healthy
Strengthen, support, and mobilize communities and partnerships to improve health