Domain 4 - Community Engagement

Standard 4.1

Engage with the public health system and the community in identifying and addressing public health problems through collaborative processes.

Health improvement efforts will be most effective when the health department works with the community that it serves. Ongoing dialogue about community issues, discussions about options and alternatives, and community ownership increase the effectiveness of health improvement efforts. Collaboration with other members of the public health system and with members of the community develops shared responsibility and leads to better coordination of the use of resources. Collaboration provides the health department with various perspectives and additional expertise. Collaboration allows the community's assets to be mobilized, coordinated, and used in creative ways for increased community efficacy in addressing public health issues and concerns.

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