Commit to Support & Promote Health Programs that Adhere to these Core Principles of Community Engagement

  1. Health services and programs that are given priority for funding or endorsement by the city and county as well as federal agencies and foundations, should first be supported and endorsed by the communities and populations identified to receive the health services or programs. An open seat must always be at the table for community representatives.
  2. Health services and programs with a goal of reducing/eliminating health disparities and increasing health equity must be based on input and needs identified by the community. A diverse range of community members and agencies need to participate in the design and planning of health services and programs to ensure that proposes activities meet the needs of a diverse population.  All participants are considered experts.
  3. The scope and timeframe of health services and programs should be communicated clearly to the community and disseminated in a timely manner. Partners must be good stewards of project data and include the community in outcome reporting and evaluation, potential programmatic intervention, education opportunities, and future program planning activities.
  4. Health disparities identified through collaboration with community and/or community -based organizations need to be measured, tracked and reported in a timely manner.
  5. Recognizing the value that community partners bring to the table, when possible and mutually agreed upon, be compensated in a timely manner. The partnership relationships should be long-term and continued if the same or similar purposes are pursued.
  6. Resources and skill sets should be shared and made available to enhance all partners. Commitment to balanced collaboration and not competition should be pursued.

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