Engaging the community to improve the health of all Wisconsinites
Family, youth, and community engagement (FYCE) aims to strengthen programming by responding to participants’ experiences. The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program is committed to supporting successful partnerships and engagement with family, youth, and community members because this is a key strategy to advance health equity.
Here’s how it works
A Community Engagement Project is implemented with MCH-funded partners, including local public health and tribal health agencies, the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Network, adolescent health programs, reproductive health/family planning clinics, and statewide programs. Participating sites complete the Community Engagement Assessment Tool, develop an action plan focusing on one indicator from the assessment, and implement the action plan to support at least one practice change to enhance family, youth, and community engagement.
Whether you are starting to complete your first program assessment or writing your third action plan, we offer resources to help you along the way. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Added in 2022
We have published a quick start guide around strengthening programming by responding to participant's experiences, the Four Steps of the Community Engagement Assessment Tool (PDF)
This series is provided to answer questions about the process of completing the Community Engagement Assessment Tool. This is an annual process intended to enhance engagement through MCH and CYSHCN with people who have lived experience.
- Overview of the Community Engagement Assessment Tool
- In this video, you will learn about why engaging with people who have lived experience is important and review the various parts of the tool itself
- Steps in the Annual Process
- In this video, you will learn about the four basic parts of completing the engagement process using the Community Engagement Assessment Tool as your guide.
- 14 Indicators of Engagement
- In this video, you will learn more specifics about each of the indicators and ideas for program activities, and the impact doing these indicators can have on the community you serve.
- Why do we do this?
- In this video, you will learn three reasons engagement is essential and some of the background that led to the development of the Community Engagement Assessment Tool.
- Engaging with the People You Serve
- In this video, you will learn how to identify people to ask to complete the Community Engagement Assessment Tool and ways you may be able to motivate them to be involved.
- Selecting an Indicator and Action Planning
- In this video, you will learn the process of figuring out what you want to do to improve your engagement after completing the Community Engagement Assessment Tool.
- Compiling and Reporting Final Answers in the CEAT
- In this video, you will learn how to enter your results to the tool so it is captured in our statewide data reporting system.
- Enter your Community Engagement Assessment Tool results
- Community Engagement Assessment Tool - Simplified Version, F-02681
- Community Engagement Assessment Tool, P-02840
Action plan resources
- Successful Engagement with People who have Lived Experience
- Building Partnerships: Guide to Developing Relationships with Families
- Partnering with Families in Continuous Quality Improvement: Tools and Applied Strategies
- Tips for Recruiting Patients and Families to Serve in Advisory Roles
- Diverse Voices Matter: Improving Diversity in Patient and Family Advisory Councils
- Engaging Patients at the Front Lines of Primary Care Redesign: Operational Lessons for an Effective Program
- Head Start Father Engagement Birth to Five Programming Guide
- Growing and Sustaining Parent Engagement
- Wisconsin FACET's serving on groups training
- Leading by Convening
Learn more about this initiative, including the background and people involved.
Check out our other resources, including more information about our domains for engagement.