The Role and Potential of Communities in Improving Population Health- Workshop Summary


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There is a large and diverse body of practical work and research demonstrating that authentic community engagement is a critical ingredient in efforts to improve the social determinants of health and the built environment, said David Kindig, the emeritus vice chancellor for health sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and a co-chair of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Population Health Improvement.  On April 10, 2014, the Roundtable held a public workshop at the California Community Foundation's Joan Palevsky Center for the Future of Los Angeles which featured invited speakers from community groups that have taken steps to improve the health of their communities. For background, Kindig referred participants to the brief summary of a related roundtable workshop held in December 2013, Supporting a Movement for Health and Health Equity: Workshop In Brief (IOM, 2014).

The April 10, 2014, workshop, titled The Role and Potential of Communities in Improving Population Health, was designed to facilitate discussion about important ingredients, effective strategies, and other lessons learned in three contexts: youth organizing, community organizing or other types of community participation, and partnerships between community and institutional actors (e.g., universities, public health agencies).