Community Development is part of Primary Health within the Saskatoon Health Region. Community Developers work with community groups in their efforts to achieve healthier communities.
Primary Health Care is a system that ensures:
Broad approach to health
Multiple, linked services
The right health provider at the right time
Involvement of the public
Recognition that good health is influenced by many factors
Community development in Primary Health Care:
Encourages community participation in health
Focuses on the creation of healthier communities
Expands understanding of factors that sustain health of communities
Priority areas for community development
Priority areas change over time but focus largely on populations that experience health inequities. Current priorities include:
Primary Health Team and Site Development
Children and Youth
Linking the Community and the University
First Nations and Metis Communities
Community Development Education
Housing for vulnerable people
Who do we work with?
Partnerships and collaborations are built with community groups, community-based organizations, the University of Saskatchewan, and professional associates within Saskatoon Health Region, in other sectors and in the community.
Skills and resources
Community Developers provide a variety of skills and resources, depending on the group and the focus of the work. Community Development strategies may include:
Primary Health Teams support and development
Development and maintenance of partnerships and linkages
Facilitation of group processes including strategic planning
Research and writing
Analysis of underlying issues
Group and leadership development
Values of community development in Primary Health Care:
Respect - The inherent worth, dignity, and abilities of all people.
Equity- Fairness and justice.
Participation - Inclusive, meaningful participation for all people in decisions that affect their lives.
Power Sharing - Work toward a more equitable balance of power
Meaningful Process - The way of working is as important as the goal. Goals are owned by the community.
Hope - Development and change begins with individual people who must have hope that things will change.
Integrity - We value honesty and believe that we have to demonstrate accountability to all with whom we work.