This website houses the social media and research toolkit (SMART) with the aim of increasing patient engagement and involvement in research through the use of social media. This tool is built in partnership with the Global Healthy Living Foundation and the CreakyJoint Foundation, with an emphasis on providing resources/tools for community members living with spondyloarthritis or providing spondyloarthritis care (patients, clinicians).
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.