This week I talk about Dahlgren & Whitehead’s Social Determinants of Health Model as a social theory to health. The model attempts to map the relationship between the individual and the environment they live in. This model helped define my passion for communities back in 2001 when I was studying for a Graduate Diploma in Health Education Promotion.
Read more about the Social Determinants of Health on a previous blog post here.
This week I received a question that asked what a good community engagement plan includes… So here are my TOP TEN things that EVERY engagement plan should include!
Is the Government the boy who cried wolf? This week I tell a story of the time where Government shifted its community engagement practices but the community wasn’t ready for it.
The Homeless Grapes Project – how passion and good networks in a community can make stuff happen… fast!
How is “partnering with consumers” different to “community engagement”?
This week I’m 600 kilometres north of McLaren Vale in the South Australian outback mining town of Roxby Downs. In this episode I explain why I love that the ‘cogs’ of any community are reliant on each other for success. This is often more blurry in metropolitan areas, but here in the outback the purpose for the town, its infrastructure and its community is crystal clear.
The quality of this film won’t win any awards (I didn’t pack the tripod!) but hopefully you get my message! Turns out that wasn’t Olympic Dam mine on the tip of my finger… it was a bush. But you may catch a glimpse if you look closely!
Does community engagement vary from state to state, and country to country?
This week I (attempt) to answer a question sent to me by Leonie. Her question was “Should community engagement be a constant practice, rather than an issue based activity?”
This week I ask “When is it good to try to engage with the community at 5.30pm on a Friday evening?”
This week I answer a question from Rebecca in the UK. She asks “As a business wanting to engage with the community, how could you get involved and where would you start?”