A Practice-Based Framework for Working with Communities

July 2019

An application tool designed to reset the relationship between the health sector and communities

Through my writing and research, I have gleaned 12 practice-based principles for how to work with communities. I gleaned the 12 principles from the struggles of almost 100 community-oriented practitioners. The principles began life as a set of recurring themes for why community-oriented work often fails. I flipped these themes into 12 things that prospective community-oriented practitioners should consider to minimize their risk of failure. This tool has been created to help you understand, embrace and apply the 12 principles as part of your community health work.

The Tool


A Practice-Based Framework for Working with Communities

Margaret Hawthorne, Pritpal S Tamber & Richard De Angelis

July 2019


The New Version of Our Application Tool

To help you understand, embrace and apply the lessons from over 100 community-oriented practitioners

Our New Implementation Tool

Announcing the second version of our implementation tool, including some photographs of the previous version in use and how that informed the new version

Webinar: How One Health Care System Applied the Principles to Practice

Announcing a free webinar in which Jefferson Healthcare, WA, share how they used our tool to take stock of how they're working with communities

Announcing Our Tool to Apply the 12 Principles

In this post, Pritpal S Tamber shares our new tool to apply the 12 principles for fostering community agency to your community health work
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