Community Health Up-Close

Community Health Up-Close gives answers to real questions about community health, highlights innovations in community health and challenges readers to think about what health means for their community.

For many, healthy communities are characterized by safe, clean environments that engage residents in learning and growth activities and offer access to needed and relevant services, such as health care and toxic-free communities.

When asked the question, "how community health can be achieved?" wellness villagers gave the following responses:

  • By leveraging more resources
  • By achieving and maintaining community ownership and buy-in from key stakeholders
  • Community empowerment
  • Sustainable changes and clearly defined community health priorities
  • Increasing expertise and capacity within the community
  • Improved relationships and trust building with community members
  • Increasing resident participation and volunteerism
  • Building new partnerships
  • Continuing to grow and expand what community health encompasses
  • Increasing interaction with different cultures and neighborhoods
  • By including key community leaders and political officials
  • Through the integration of law enforcement, other organizations and schools
  • Let us know your thoughts! We will continue posting this information throughout the month.

Community Partnerships

A community must develop a vision in order to address sustainability. Once developed, a community visioning process often provides guidance for residents who are unclear about a future course. Partnership is a major outcome that evolves from successful visioning - often creating natural alliances, collaboration on projects, or group work around specific issues or areas of concern.

Partnerships are important because they:

  • Promote diverse perspectives within communities
  • Advance new thinking and awareness about health and its connection to community
  • Highlight ways in which communities and other assets/strengths to collaborate and improve health

Community Mobilization

Community mobilization offers examples and resources for building partnerships that organize community members, and help them to work together to address health concerns, leadership and long-term sustainability. Read more in Community Mobilization - featuring All About Advisory Boards, tips on forming advisory boards.

We all need assistance gaining support from community members. This information will show you roles of advisory boards, what to look for in members and suggestions on getting the right person!!

  • All About Advisory Boards
  • Why Does My Village Need An Advisory Board?
  • Advice
  • Mobilize resources
  • To help with public identity
  • Make contact with others
  • Accountability
  • Attract new interest for projects
  • Develop awareness of broader contexts and issues
  • Community conscience
  • Help raise funds

What Qualities Should I Look For In An Advisory Board Member?

  • Trust
  • Diversity
  • A good match
  • Commitment to organizational mission
  • Expertise
  • Ability to lead
  • Stability
  • Availability

What Skills Should Advisory Board Members Possess?

  • Knowledge of community health
  • Critical thinking
  • Financial and legal expertise
  • Planning
  • Community builders

How Do I Get The Right Person?

  • Use job descriptions
  • Use appropriate project descriptions and marketing material
  • Don't lose sight of what is important to you
  • Expand networks within your community