Agency, Belonging & Health

February 2020 - December 2022

A look at the medical evidence to see whether having agency (A) and belonging (B) can change the conditions (C) in which we live


I explored the bio-medical literature to understand whether having agency and a sense of belonging make good health more likely. This work was in partnership with the California Endowment. In December 2020, we published a report on the link between community agency and health and in December 2022 we published a Policy Insight article in Health Affairs on how community power could dismantle policy-based structural inequity.


The Bio-Medical Evidence Linking Community Agency and Health

The Bio-Medical Evidence
Linking Community Agency
and Health

Pritpal S Tamber

December 2020

Building Community Power To Dismantle Policy-Based Structural Inequity In Population Health


December 2022


Our Article in Health Affairs on Community Power

Building on theoretical and empirical research, we describe what community power is and why it’s fundamental to structural change and health equity

A Model Linking Community Engagement, Health Improvement and Community Power

How the health sector can foster the individual and social outcomes that are key to a community having power

How the Experts Think about Power and Belonging

From middle-class prejudice and John Henryism to how power works and what exactly is change

Mapping Empirical Research to the Theories

Knowing which theories linking community power and health are backed by empirical research may inform your theory of change

Observations on the Research into Community Power

The things that stood out from the 81 articles classified as medium or low quality

How Community Power Influences Health

Beyond health outcomes, there are changes in the community members involved and the social fabric between them
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