In this course participants will learn how to engage individuals, hospitals, health service providers, social organisations, and government officials to develop partnerships and co-create positive change.
The importance of Community-Based Participatory Methods (CBPM) is increasingly recognised within the field of Public Health.Participatory approaches are in line with the shift towards ecological models which bring the community at the heart of interventions, services, and policies. CBPM aim to engage individuals, hospitals, health service providers, social organizations, and government officials to develop partnerships and co-create positive change. CBPM enable public health professionals, researchers and communities to work as partners in the design, execution, and application of programmes and services that address their health needs. CBPM are of particular relevance in the context of the Covid-19 global crisis. This pandemic has revealed once again the impact of health inequalities on vulnerable groups. Community engagement and cooperation are needed more than ever to develop and harness the communal effort required to support sustainable pandemic management responses that are grounded in local realities and needs. CBPM are uniquely positioned to ensure that responses are based on understanding, engaging and working with communities.
This course aims to provide participants with knowledge about the key principles, methods, concepts and techniques of community-based participatory methods and the practical application of CBPM in the context of public health. Participants will learn how CBPM can be applied in the design, implementation and evaluation of public health programmes (i.e. health promotion, prevention of disease and management of chronic illness). It will also facilitate a space of reflection to examine how CBPM can be used to support interventions to tackle health inequalities.
By the end of the course participants will:
At least one facilitator will be on-site in Lugano, and some may join online. Participants are welcomed to join either on-site in Lugano, or online. In case of a change of regional policies (e.g., Covid) or personal reasons, the course could change to online.