The Importance of Community Participation
Ramapo College of NJ nursing students Danielle Barba, Joy Bochis, Katherine Gong and Esjona Mimini were ready to get hands-on experience during their spring internship in the City of Garfield. Although their time was cut short by interruptions caused by COVID-19, they were still able to apply and share what they learned.
- Community participation engages individuals in the communities to have an active part in decisions that can affect their day-to-day lives.
- Community participation is essential because it allows for the community to have a say in what they need, what the problems are and how they would solve them.
- In addition, community participation allows for the community to work in partnership with each other to solve problems.
- For community participation to be long-lasting, it must be backed by education and commitment.
- Meaningful Community engagement facilitates community support in underserved populations.
- Participation is crucial to provide high quality, efficient and collaborative care within the community.
- Engaging communities will help create relevant policy change that is sustainable due to the involvement of the members it helps.
- Creating a safe and reliable environment develops trust, allowing for continuity of the development of policy as the population changes.
- Through a framework based on participation the community increases capacity building capabilities.
- Develop a shared understanding of community participation
- Establish the current position
- Identify issues that need to be addressed
- Agree on an action plan
- Review progress
- The physical health of residents in the community
- Language/social/economic barriers
- Lack of support from residents on community issues.
- Attitude residents have on community issues.
- Lack of knowledge on community issues.
- Improved democratic and service accountability
- Enhances social cohesion
- Policies developed are relevant to the community
- Bring understanding and knowledge to the regeneration process
- Promotes sustainability
- Creates age-friendly community
Recommendations for Practice: Need to consider…
- Is there strong leadership to support community participation?
- Are service structures compatible with community participation?
- How effective is your communication?
- To what extent is the community involved?
- How do you ensure board members are accountable?
- Does the decision making allow for local diversity
- Find ways to allow for online participation
About the Grantee
The mission of the City of Garfield is to promote a safe and healthy community through collaborative partnerships committed to improving the health and wellness of all residents.