Innovations in Citizen Participation

Community Participation Improves Healthcare Community participation impacts multiple sectors. Typically, we hear about its impacts on a political decision or an election; however, community participation also has the ability to improve health standards. As part of the 1998 health reforms, Bangladesh’s government established Health Watch oversight committees to encourage community members to monitor health providers at…

Modern Day Community Engagement: Origins

Modern day community engagement, specifically through organizing, is often embodied by the work of Saul Alinsky. Alinksy began organizing in Chicago in the 1930’s in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, of notorious acclaim for its horrific working conditions. Alinksy also organized the Eastern European immigrant community to go on strike against the meatpacking plants.…