Creating social cohesion: lessons from the Community 2168 project

Karen Larsen-Truong gave a seminar in May at The HUB on her Master of Public Health research examining a conceptual model of social cohesion for community renewal & health in the Community 2168 project as part of the long-term evaluation of this major community renewal and capacity building partnership undertaken by CHETRE. Karen’s presentation touched on theoretical and practical strategies for enhancing social cohesion in the community. In particular, she stressed the importance of balancing strategies to enhance social capital (such as promoting bonding and bridging social capital) with measures for social inclusion (such as promoting employment opportunities).

Several people who attended the seminar expressed interest in ongoing learning of practical strategies for community reach and participation. A learning circle for staff and community interested in sharing knowledge and experiences in community reach and participation is planned for June 2011. Details will appear on this site and be distributed via the mailing list.

Karen will present a webinar on this topic later in 2011.

Author: Community STaR

Community STaR is the Service for Training and Research. We are a community-based training and outreach activity of the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE), part of UNSW Australia and South Western Sydney Local Health District.

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