For better or worse, it seems like the COVID-19 pandemic is the first time that many people are appreciating the importance of community-centered approaches. It’s like, all of a sudden, everything that communities have been doing over the last decade-plus now matters. At ITPC, we know that communities are often first to identify the problems, and communities can be central to formulating and implementing the solutions.
Empowering communities has always been a central part of the mission of ITPC. Empowerment can take the form of increasing awareness through education. Empowerment also means giving communities the right tools to collect actionable information. And ultimately, empowerment means increasing the resilience of communities on the ground, so that they can successfully do their work.
I was pleased to share some of these perspectives in this article recently published on BLKHLTH, a blog covering topics in public health, medicine, and inequity in the U.S. Akilah Wise @awisephd, a public health researcher and journalist based in Atlanta, is a freelance writer for BLKHLTH.