It is common for health promoters to be viewed as being in the business of community development, but many do not have formal training in community development. Also, it is not always clear to what extent health promoters are mandated by their employers or funders to become involved in community development activities. This course is designed for health promoters to develop a basic understanding of basic values, principles and methods of community development and how they may be applied within their own work setting. Specific community development applications and methods, such as community asset mapping, will be explored. Appropriate roles of health promoters in collaborating with other organizations to work on broad community issues will be considered, along with factors that contribute to the success of community partnerships and coalitions. The course includes readings, exercises, case studies and resources for further information. This course will help you to become an informed participant or perhaps even a leader in community development initiatives in your community.
The goal of this course is to increase the capacity of health promoters to engage and empower communities to improve their quality of life, through the application of community development values, concepts and strategies.
Upon completion of the course, participants will have gained knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Community development values, concepts and practice, and how it differs from community outreach and community-based programs
- Community asset mapping
- Aligning health services with community priorities and values
- Success factors in community partnerships and collaborations