Community engagement can provide insights into how priority populations are experiencing the crisis and can help to identify community needs. In turn, this can guide interventions to reduce health and social inequities exacerbated during crises.
The Community-Engaged Research During Health Crises handbook is a resource for researchers who wish to ethically engage with civil society organizations (CSOs) during health crises, such as infectious disease outbreaks. As organizations embedded within communities, CSOs are invaluable in connecting researchers with priority populations and shaping understanding of their social context. These relationships are key to informing interventions aimed at addressing health and social inequities exacerbated during the crisis. By incorporating insight from past health crises and building off existing community-engaged research principles, this handbook presents a set of adaptable tools and considerations intended to facilitate continued engagement and mutual capacity building with CSOs during these critical times.
This handbook will be useful for researchers (e.g., academics, graduate students, health authorities public health institutions and community-based researchers) interested in conducting community-engaged research with CSOs during health crises.
Pacific Institute on Pathogens, Pandemics, and Society (PIPPS) and SFU Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) (2023) Community-engaged research during health crises: Engaging with civil society organisations, Handbook