Community Health Development

The projects within the CHD theme are related by virtue of the functions performed.

These functions are:
Community outreach
making contact with strangers and creating the opportunity for local people to meet strangers;
making contact with existing networks that are informal and formal
Giving information within appropriate social context, in a form that people can hear and take in
hearing local people’s experience and building on that to give accurate information
Building confidence of local people and capacity to engage in the public arena
working towards greater self determination of local people
Identifying, nurturing and supporting community leaders
spotting potential leaders and drawing them into active participation
Influencing policy and practice
ensuring that engagement is purposeful and works towards improving responsiveness of public services
creating platforms where local people can directly dialogue with decision makers, clinicians, managers