Citizens for Community Justice Inc. and the Community Justice and Mediation Center, in partnership with the Gnarly Tree Sustainability Institute and Indiana University’s Political and Civic Engagement Program and the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, led an effort to build on existing state and local partnerships to create a model for meaningful, deliberative, and inclusive engagement for community members and stakeholders in Monroe County.

The project emphasized engaging marginalized or underserved communities in local decision-making related to public health. Goals include:

  • Develop deliberative public-engagement models to assess community voices for health that are adapted to underserved populations and rural communities.
  • Improve local government’s institutional infrastructure for public engagement in health policy.
  • Improve state and local legal and policy frameworks for public engagement in health policy.
  • Create opportunities to scale the pilot model statewide.