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When experiences and knowledge from the wider community are sought and people work together to address local issues, members feel empowered to create solutions that are meaningful and sustainable.

Broad factors that impact individual and community health are called the social determinants of health. This includes such things as employment opportunities, quality education and safe housing. Making these opportunities accessible to all can enhance or limit overall life circumstances.

Complex social issues are best addressed when community members work together towards common solutions. Recognizing how the different community settings and environments interact and affect the community members is a great start. Collective action on a common goal can lead to sustainable and positive change.

There are different levels that can be targeted when looking to improve peoples’ health.  One way is to encourage individuals to change their behaviors. Suggestions like eating a healthier diet or becoming more physically active can be offered to community members. Another way is to create environments that support making the healthy choices. Healthy public policies, such as smoking bans in public places, can have a positive impact on community wellness.

Community engagement is a process of meaningfully involving residents to work together to determine priority areas for decision-making and actionHaving representatives from different community settings ensures diversity and many perspectives. Finding enthusiastic and passionate people to work with helps to foster change. 

Take advantage of social media to spread your ideas, connect and recruit. Some common social media platforms are Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also consult community websites or request to write a piece on their blog or newsletter. Find out whether there are existing groups and organizations that champion similar initiatives in the community. Connect with them and get on their agenda!