Engaging Communities

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The Engaging Community module includes learning objectives, lecture content, required readings, and an assessment. Lecture content begins with a recorded lecture on key concepts, terms, and resources in community engagement by Dr. Beth O’Connell, Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health and Coordinator of the Rural Health Certificate at East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health. The slide deck with links from this recording is also provided for you. Additionally, a TED Talk “What rural medicine can teach us about a doctor’s place in the community” by Dr. Jonathan Piercy will provide context from a physician perspective. These lectures are intended to introduce the student to community engagement concepts, terms, resources, and the physician perspective.

There are three required readings that are intended to round out the student’s community engagement knowledge and skills with complementary material. The CDC Community Health Navigator website will provide you with information about a CDC initiative based on healthcare, public health, and community collaboration. The Community Toolbox- Chapter 7: Encouraging Involvement in Community Work reading is comprehensive and includes multiple sub-sections with reading material, resources, and PowerPoints for each sub-section. The Community Toolbox is a respected community health resource, so please feel free to check out other chapters, although not required for this module. Finally, “What do we know about community-based health worker programs? A systematic review of existing reviews on community health workers” by Scott et al. will provide you some peer-reviewed context and evidence for community health worker (CHW) programs. CHW programs are often an effective way to bridge healthcare and community.

The assessment for this module is a 12-question quiz. Question formats include multiple choice and matching. The assessment should take about 15 minutes to complete and will cover lecture content and required readings.

Learning objectives

  • Identify key terms and definitions in community engagement
  • Identify important roles of a physician in engaging a rural community
  • Define the purpose of the CDC’s Community Health Navigator program
  • Describe recent evidence around community health worker programming
  • Identify groups of people that should be included in a community health collaboration or coalition
  • Describe reasons for including diverse people in a community health collaboration or coalition