What we do
We are your Community Thought Partners
The problems that communities need to resolve are complex, requiring comprehensive solutions. Addressing issues like health promotion and chronic disease prevention requires the inclusion of people from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.
Social norms approach to
A social norms approach to change requires identifying behaviors you would like a group of people to adopt, while increasing perceptions of that behavior as something members of their group do or are starting to do.
A collective group pools their money, talents, and resources together to benefit a common interest.
Peer support workers can help break down barriers of experience and understanding, as well as power dynamics that may get in the way of working with other professional service providers who are mandated reporters. The peer support worker’s role is to assist people with finding and following their own life plans, without judgment, expectation, rules, or requirements.
- Finding a voice
- Increased confidence and self-esteem
- Finding a source of hope and optimism
- Companionship and friendship
- Reduced isolation
- Mutual understanding, shared identity and shared experience
- A sense of belonging
- Collective action / campaigning – challenging the status quo
- Creating new knowledge and questioning dominant models
- Accessing information and advice
- Learning new skills and strategies
- Signposting to other sources of help and information
- Increased social networks and social inclusion
- Challenging stigma and discrimination
- Achieving a sense of justice and equality in society
Inequity is at the root of most consequential disparities in health, wealth, and opportunity. However, advancing equity in communities is challenging. It requires a widespread embrace of collective responsibility, a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
COMMUNITY HEALING AND RESILENCE
Shared negative experiences associated with certain community characteristics, such as poverty, failing schools, unsafe streets and parks, or lack of good nutrition. To optimize health, safety and opportunity, the origins of community trauma, toxic stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences must be assessed, understood and prevented through trauma-informed policy and systems change.