Community participation in health initiatives: a guide for practitioners

  • Christen Condry
  • Karen L. Celedonia
  • Michael L. Wilson


This literature review aims to synthesise existing theories of community participation in health programme planning, the importance of community participation in these planning activities and how they affect programme success, as well as exploring the common barriers to robust community participation.ln so doing, the authors hope to provide a succinct yet comprehensive guide to public health practitioners interested in effectively incorporating community participation into health initiatives. Of particular importance, when considering community participation in programme planning, is the lack of homogeneity within the community that might contribute to established power differentials and various barriers that may prevent equal participation from all community members. Implementing a fluid approach to community participation design may be more effective in guiding community involvement, and eliciting genuine participation from community members,as opposed to the alternative of instituting concrete policies that could have a top-down flavour.


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