Individually and collectively people actively contribute to health. Social participation is integral to health improvement and social justice and is intrinsic to people’s identity. People have rights to participate in the decisions and actions that affect their conditions for health and their health services. 

Shaping health brings together people and institutions engaging with social participation and power in health to share experiences, approaches and learning on how communities build the power, confidence and capacities to identify their health and service needs, to set priorities and participate in decisions on the actions and services that address these priorities, particularly with local health systems. We are a community of practice gathering people directly involved in this area of work in different countries globally. 

Shaping health was formed in a project, led by Training and Research Support Centre with partners from five sites in the USA and from twelve countries from all regions globally. You can read more about the institutions involved in our links page.  The project was supported by a grant from Charities Aid Foundation of America from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Donor-advised Fund

Together with this public site, Shaping health has a participant login for more direct exchanges across those involved in the community of practice. 

If you are interested in exchanges in Shaping health please contact us!

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Papers & Reports

Papers and reports produced in Shaping health

Case studies

Case studies on social participation in health

Key Messages

Key messages from Shaping health and the stories of change that demonstrate them