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Public health speaks: Community engagement for health equity

“It’s a long process and it’s about developing trust.” Dr. Colleen Dell

Community engagement is an essential part of public health practice. In this video, public health decision-makers and researchers reflect on the importance of involving communities in research and practice. They share examples of community engagement initiatives, and identify tensions that can be addressed through genuine engagement. Authentically involving communities requires placing community voices and perspectives at the centre of the process.

This video was filmed at the Researcher-practitioner workshop on health equity: Bridging the Gap held in February 2012.

Speakers include

  • Dr. Colleen Dell, Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan
  • Connie Clement,  Scientific Director , National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health
  • Alicia Fridkyn, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia
  • Althea Arsenault, Manager of Resource Development, New Brunswick Social and Economic Inclusion Corporation
  • Gail Turner, Director of Health Services, Health and Social Development, Nunatsiavut

Use this resource to

  • learn about the importance of relationship building in community engagement from researchers and public health managers
  • identify examples of effective community engagement initiatives involving public health

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2013). Public Health Speaks: Community engagement for health equity [video]. Antigonish, NS: National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, St. Francis Xavier University.

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