Community Engagement and Health
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. PST
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Community engagement is an important tool for building communities that promote health and value residents. Many times, garnering community input is an afterthought, merely asking residents to react to a plan or product after it has been developed. A deeper level of community engagement involves the community from the ground up. Residents provide input at multiple levels: at outreach meetings, on City Commissions, or on Resident Advisory Committees, for example. This session will provide a theoretical framework for meaningfully engaging communities in healthy planning processes, and also, the benefits for doing so. This session will also highlight specific strategies and tools for engaging communities in planning opportunities, as well as successful examples from the field.