Engaging the Community is a crucial step towards obtaining a solution to problems that
exist in our day to day lives. The most convenient way to achieve the goals of public health,
especially in the elimination of disparities that are among us is to actively engage the people who
are involved in problems in all the aspects. Community engagement entails a lot of things,
ranging from identifying the relevant issues and making decisions with regards to them. It
eventually cuts across evaluating the issues and sharing the results with the community.
Community engagement is a very strong value which is mainly grounded on the belief that the
community has the very rights to participate.
Engagement of the community is a significant part in conducting the health assessment
and community health improvement plan. Community engagement is a sure way to improve
effectively the outcomes for the community. In this process, the procedure is; seeking out the
aspirations of the community, sharing these aspirations and then getting incorporated into the
decision making process. Meaningful community engagement is also important because it
eliminates the non – participation syndrome of the community. Participation should be
understood properly in all its dimensions and aspects.
Community trust is very important and this is one area that is strengthened by community
engagement. Better and more accurately informed and involved community is more likely to
trust the institution that is engaging them. Issues are properly addressed when the right decisions
are made. The community can really help here and this is mainly possible when they are
seriously engaged. When this is done, the community will truly be satisfied with the performance
of your organization as a result of proper engagement that they experience. In this case, making a
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recommendation from your organization will be very easy as the community will readily accept