A guide to community engagement frameworks for action on the social determinants of health and health equity
Public health is increasingly using community engagement strategies to close the gap between the most and the least healthy. This reference guide describes 16 community engagement frameworks that can be used in the development and implementation of public health interventions.
The frameworks were identified through a search of Canadian and international organizations, and assessed for their applicability to work on the social determinants of health (SDOH) and health equity. Priority was given to frameworks that referred to values and concepts related to health equity.
The guide contains a summary of key concepts related to community engagement, and a description of the search and assessment methodology. Each framework is described under the following headings: 1) area of focus, 2) relevance to the SDOH and health equity, 3) intended use, 4) principles and values, 5) community engagement strategies, 6) risks, 7) success factors, and 8) evaluation.
Use this resource to
- learn about existing community engagement frameworks, and the strategies and approaches they contain
- determine whether you need to create a new, context-specific community engagement framework to support your work, or adopt an existing framework
- match your project to an appropriate community engagement framework
- revise a community engagement strategy you are currently using
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (2013). A guide to community engagement frameworks for action on the social determinants of health and health equity. Antigonish, NS: National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, St. Francis Xavier University.