This framework aims to embed equity and excellence throughout the work of the entire healthcare sector and help achieve optimal health for all. Raising the Bar identifies foundational principles to center equity work, essential roles healthcare must play, and concrete actions that can improve equity and excellence.
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.