Co-Creation of Knowledge: A Community-Based Approach to Multilevel Dissemination of Health Information
Background. Conventionally, public health researchers disseminate their work to peers via academic journals and conferences, with little emphasis on sharing results across sectors or with community members. To improve translation of health research into practice, it is essential to use a broader “solutions-focused” approach that includes strategic dissemination of findings.
Methods. An urban research institute in Chicago, IL, leveraged knowledge transfer and community engagement principles to disseminate the results of a large, community-driven population health survey to a diverse set of stakeholders. We designed dissemination activities that (1) co-created knowledge by, for, and with communities; (2) shared survey results widely; and (3) minimized barriers to accessing and using public health data.
Results. We tailored dissemination to specific audiences, including community residents, public health practitioners, and academic partners. We communicated key messages via various mechanisms, such as community forums, health profiles and videos, and a media event.
Conclusions. With dedicated planning, staff, and funding, it is feasible for public health researchers to disseminate findings to diverse audiences using a community-engaged approach. To improve the capacity of public health practitioners in this critical skill, more examples of community-focused dissemination activities are warranted.
Monnard, K., Benjamins, M. R., Hirschtick, J. L., Castro, M., & Roesch, P. T. (2019). Co-Creation of Knowledge: A Community-Based Approach to Multilevel Dissemination of Health Information. Health Promot Pract, 1524839919865228. doi:10.1177/1524839919865228