Some Key Facts From The Evidence

Key Facts From The Evidence

  • Community Health Champions promote health through talking to people informally as part of their daily lives, providing support to individuals and through organising or leading health groups and activities.
  • Projects can successfully recruit and train individuals to become champions but
  • Consideration needs to be given to providing on-going support and further training as people's roles develop.
  • Becoming a community health champion has health benefits such as better knowledge and awareness, increased self-esteem and confidence, and improved well-being. For some individuals this will be the start of a journey to other opportunities such as education, volunteering roles or paid employment.
  • Greater recognition needs to be given to the range of outcomes that can result from engaging champions. Physical and mental health outcomes are linked because of the capability of champions both to connect people to groups and services and to support their engagement over time. Evaluation needs to capture these wider benefits
  • Initially empowerment can occur through individuals becoming involved in projects and growing in confidence. This can lead in turn to champions organising new activities and building social networks. Eventually champions can help to build healthy and cohesive communities but these changes will happen slowly over time.
  • Community health champions are a real resource for public health and projects need to identify what they can offer to local services.