While many organizations still treat CE as an isolated activity, some have integrated the CE approach throughout every aspect of their work. These organizations have developed comprehensive strategies for CE that include:
- Guiding principles and a framework for CE.
- Policies on how and when CE should be done (including the kinds of decisions that require CE).
- Ongoing mechanisms for CE (including advisory committees or other structures).
One example of a comprehensive CE strategies is:
Vancouver Coastal Health has developed a Community Engagement Framework and formed Community Health Advisory Committees, whose terms of reference include CE. These Advisory Committees prepared written CE reports on several specific issues, including palliative care and chronic disease prevention and management.
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Comprehensive CE strategies can also be used to take a comprehensive approach to working more effectively with a specific stakeholder group. The Centre for Addictions and Mental Health has developed a strategy to build relationships with LGBTTTQQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual/Two-Spirited, Queer/Questioning and Intersex) communities. This strategy is rooted in organizational values, policy and goals. It includes a section on Laying the Foundation (involving building internal capacity for CE throughout the organizational culture and the provision of clinical services, and how to start building relationships with these stakeholder groups), as well as a section on Community Engagement (which describes specific CE strategies to be used).
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