A community with unified residents is a powerful vehicle. It inspires changes that will improve the health of its residents – people who directly experience these health challenges every day. Residents who have similar interests or situations can work quickly to address issues that affect their neighborhood’s well-being and improve outcomes where they live, work, and play.

It is important to include the community in public health efforts because community engagement is driven by the residents. By engaging the community, we can ensure that those most impacted by challenges and inequity have an equal voice in designing and implementing solutions. The active participation of residents and their families, partners, and trusted leaders is an integral part of community engagement practices and helps achieve sustainable and equitable change.

Creating Healthy Communities strives to engage all Erie County residents and empower them to take charge of the health in their communities.