Community engagement during the COVID-19 crisis: what can we learn from this? (solution room)

J.M. den Broeder, Annemarie Wagemakers

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Background: During the COVID-19 crisis, a varied number of health promoting activities have been organized to engage citizens, including citizens in a vulnerable position. Examples include online music lessons, neighborhood meals, Balcony Fit and online platforms for mutual help. These activities enable citizens, communities and organizations to build resilience and community power. Important features of community actions include increase in mutual aid and neighborhood ties, the central role of community-based organizations, changing patterns of volunteering, use of digital media and health promotion opportunities. How could these actions feed into collective research activity?
Aim of the session: In this solution room, we aim to explore how to learn from the lessons and experiences gained during the COVID-19 crisis. Participants are invited to express and share their experiences and views about how to promote community engagement for health promotion research. Participants will gain tips on how to engage communities, also not in times of crisis.
Program of the solution room: In this solution room, we will use ‘talking with the feet’ to guide the discussion. Talking with the feet is a democratic tool that invites all participants to participate and express their opinion. This encourages people to be active and visualize their positions. We will ask participants questions about community engagement in research starting from lessons learned during COVID.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventCitizen Science for health conference 2023 - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 29 Oct 20231 Nov 2023


ConferenceCitizen Science for health conference 2023
Abbreviated titleCS4Health
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