COVID-19: How To Include Marginalized And Vulnerable People In Risk Communication And Community Engagement

This webpage provides information on effective communication and methods for community engagement with vulnerable populations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Linked to the webpage is a report with a description of populations of interest, the rationale for inclusion in the report, as well as specific tools for effective communication.

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Community Assessment and Engagement

Community assessment is a systematic process by which a community’s health status and related factors are examined; it is used to identify problems and assets in a community. Through community engagement, stakeholders work together to address health-related issues and promote well-being with the goal of improving health outcomes. These two processes work hand-in-hand to facilitate health improvements. COVID-19 has changed the assessment landscape in many ways–introducing new challenges for engagement, upending pre-pandemic implementation plans, and necessitating new and updated data to understand emerging health impacts and needs.