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Planning for Health Toolkit


Community Engagement

Research on the relationship between civic engagement and health is still nascent but increasingly revealing the connection between the two.  Health-focused foundations and institutions across the nation are beginning to invest in civic leadership to improve health outcomes and improve community health overall.[i],[ii],[iii] The field acknowledges that youth are a particularly important population to focus on. They are often left out of decision-making processes and yet represent the future leaders of our communities.

[i] Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. National 4-H Council and the Robert Wood Johnson

Foundation Partner to Empower Youth in Creating Healthier Communities. September 14, 2017.

[ii] The California Endowment. Fostering Healthy Youth Development and Leadership. 2019.

[iii] The Women’s Foundation of California.