There is increasing evidence that civic participation - from voting to volunteering - is a social driver of health. To explore how civic engagement and civic infrastructure can contribute to public health, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's roundtable on Population Health Improvement convened a workshop to explore the link between measures of civic engagement and quantitative and qualitative measures of health equity and the roles that civic infrastructure, narrative, and media play in shaping civic engagement. The workshops found that voting is only one important dimension of civic engagement; others include the ability to set agendas, shape how policies are implemented, communicate information, model civic behavior, and support the involvement and inclusion of other individuals and groups. Attendees also explored whether civic engagement itself improves health equity, or if it simply allows communities to enact policies that reverse entrenched racist and exploitative structures that in turn further health equity, or both.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Civic Engagement and Civic Infrastructure to Advance Health Equity: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/26590.
|2 Key Concepts and Measures||5-20|
|3 Civic Infrastructure||21-36|
|4 Media and Narrative||37-44|
|5 Democratic Deliberation and Closing Reflections||45-50|
|Appendix A: References||51-52|
|Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Speakers, Moderators, and Planning Committee Members||53-66|
|Appendix C: Workshop Agenda||67-70|
|Appendix D: Prioritizing Civic Infrastructure Investments to Advance Health Equity: A Mini-Deliberation||71-76|
|Appendix E: Readings and Resources||77-84|
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