Community engagement is: “the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the well-being of those people. It is a powerful vehicle for bringing about environmental and behavioral changes that will improve the health of the community and its members. It often involves partnerships and coalitions that help mobilize resources and influence systems, change relationships among partners, and serve as catalysts for changing policies, programs, and practices” (Centers for Disease Control, 1997).
The Health Planning Council (HPC) believes that through shared leadership and the alignment of resources, communities leverage strengths to create ongoing successes with measurable results. Partnerships can include agencies, non-profits, activist groups, businesses, and individual community members, who work together to identify common passions and concerns in order to seek mutually beneficial long-term outcomes.
HPC offers a variety of community engagement services:
- Coalition/Task Force Development and Management
- Community Survey Design and Analysis
- Focus Groups Facilitation
- Key Stakeholder Interviews
- Workshop Creation and Facilitation
Coalition / Task Force Development & Management
Coalition and partnership building has been effectively utilized throughout the world to address countless, seemingly daunting problems. Effective coalitions require effective leadership. The Health Planning Council of Northeast has successfully led the community in coalition, task force and partnership building for the past thirty years. Whether tackling the complex issues of HIV, Affordable Healthcare Act Marketplace, or bringing community partners together to improve environmental health, the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida is a proven leader in developing broad-based coalitions, bringing together individuals, community groups, and government entities in pursuit of common goals to improve community health and quality of life.