Communities come in all shapes and sizes. They include people who live in the same area as well as those with a common social identity. Communities differ in their access to and control over the social determinants of health.
Strengthening community actions means supporting collective efforts in communities to increase their access to and control over the social determinants of health. This is often done through community development processes, in which community members take a meaningful role in defining their priorities for health, as well as making decisions, planning, and implementing strategies to improve health.
People and communities become more and more empowered when they take part in gaining more control over the decisions and actions that affect their health. Knowing how to take social actions that improve health within one’s community is an important part health literacy.
Visit the Toolbox for resources to strengthen community action.
Community success stories - Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre