Community Voices for Health

Community Voices for Health is a new initiative supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with technical assistance from Public Agenda and Altarum, to strengthen the infrastructure for engagement in health.

The goal of Community Voices for Health is to build stronger engagement infrastructure that involves a broader range of people, especially marginalized and underserved communities—so their voices are heard in healthcare policymaking decisions, their efforts to solved problems are supported, and their community networks are strengthened.

Public Agenda and Altarum work with grantees, policymakers and researchers in each state to identify and leverage existing engagement assets, add new activities, support community-engaged research efforts, and connect with state and local decision-makers.

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Community Voices for Health aims to strengthen the infrastructure for engagement so that:
  1. It builds on the ways people are already engaging—as much as possible, 'meeting people where they are'
  2. There are more regular, ongoing opportunities for people to engage—especially populations and communities who are marginalized, excluded, or underserved
  3. Engagement is informed and improved by data and sound evidence from trusted sources in the state
  4. When people engage locally, they are supported and connected in ways that add up to a coherent statewide voice
  5. People and policymakers are connected in ways that lead to better state-level decisions about health care, social service, and public health systems