Empowered residents have strong social connections and are involved in civic activities and decision-making processes for their communities.
Research on the relationship between civic engagement and health is still nascent but increasingly show the connection between the two. Health-focused institutions across the nation are beginning to invest in civic leadership to improve health outcomes and improve community health overall (Healthy People 2030; RWJF).
Civic engagement, which can include activities such as volunteering, joining community groups, community gardening, voting, and participating in political processes, create opportunities for the people to connect and work collaboratively towards public good. This can lead to healthier neighborhoods and healthier people.