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A Tool for Reconceiving Health Care’s Relationship with Communities

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A Tool for Reconceiving Health Care’s Relationship with Communities

Margaret Hawthorne, Bridget B Kelly, Pritpal S Tamber & Richard De Angelis

March 2018

Through my writing and research, I have explored what it takes for the health sector in high-income countries to better understand low-income communities. I have discerned 12 practice-based principles for how to build a bridge between them. From the health sector’s perspective, the principles offer a framework for authentic community engagement. This tool guides leaders in health care through a step-by-step process of taking stock of their current work, exploring possible changes and planning the steps needed to bring about change.