C3’s community-engagement programme partners with local communities to identify barriers to good health and use a community’s existing strengths to overcome these barriers. The aim is to make the healthy option the easy option for all.
Health interventions are often imposed on communities. What makes our community-engagement programme unique is CHESS™ (Community Health Engagement Survey Solutions).
CHESS is an innovative, evidence-based approach that shifts decision-making to local communities by engaging them as ‘citizen scientists’ in an investigation about their health and the built environment (e.g., the shops, restaurants and parks in their neighbourhood).
Created by C3’s global health associate Dr Denise Stevens, CHESS includes a mobile tool that equips local communities in identifying and mapping the barriers they face every day when making choices about diet, activity and healthy living.
Evidence shows that actively engaging communities in evaluating the challenges and opportunities they face in their day-to-day lives leads to more effective, longer-lasting solutions.
This community-based investigation includes:
The strength of evidence collected by UK communities through CHESS and C3 has led to:
Interested in using CHESS in your local community? to learn more. You can also download a leaflet about our community engagement programme to share with your colleagues.
*Shortlisted for the Food & Drink Federation’s 2018 Community Partner Award