This Community-Centred Health Assessment Toolkit from MiningWatch Canada will help members of mining-affected communities conduct their own assessment of the health of their community and guide them in taking steps towards supporting and improving the conditions for health in their communities.
Who can use this Toolkit?
The Toolkit is designed to be used by aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities where there is mining exploration or development or closed or abandoned mines. It can also be used by individuals, support groups, or institutions (academic, health) from outside the community that may be invited to help guide community members through parts, or all, of the health assessment and project planning process.
What are the advantages of Community-Centred Health Assessment?
When communities do their own health assessment they:
- Investigate and learn about issues that are of greatest concern to them;
- Use methods that they understand and increase their ability for research and data gathering;
- Create an environment of trust in which community members are willing to share valuable knowledge and experience about the changes they are witnessing in their community;
- Build or expand relationships with media, elected officials, unions, health professionals, industry representatives, regulators.
- Decide at what point they may want to bring in the skills of an expert and for what parts of the work;
- Control the costs – it is possible to do a meaningful assessment and community health project with limited resources.
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