The nine dimensions of authentic community engagement

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Too often, healthcare professionals and community members alike find that community engagement initiatives — though well-intentioned — feel tokenistic, transactional, and unimpactful. What does authentic and meaningful community engagement look like?

This brief from the INSPIRE partnership lays out nine dimensions of authentic community engagement — and concrete practices that healthcare organizations can adopt to bring each dimension to life. From compensating people with lived experience to creating trauma informed spaces, learn how you can build stronger connections, get genuine feedback, and advance equity in your community.

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