Community Conversations

With the goal of engaging community members to identify local strengths and barriers to promoting healthy inclusion for individuals with disabilities, Project CHEER hosted local community conversations. These events specifically targeted individuals and organizations from across disability, health promotion and healthcare, education settings, politics, and any community stakeholders. These conversations were a powerful way to get to know different parts of the community and learn from voices not usually heard. This included professionals and community stakeholders participating equally alongside individuals with disabilities, and their families/support systems. Project CHEER hosted these conversations with the intent to build bridges and make connections for taking action with identified outcomes from the discussion.


  1. Authentically engaged diverse members of the community to understand:
    • Aspirations for the community
    • Concerns and barriers
    • How people think and talk about a given issue in relation to the community
    • Changes needed to reach aspirations for the community
    • What people believe we can do, and who they’d trust to take action
  2.  Generated public knowledge to inform decision-making of all kinds
  • Engage the community: Inviting new people opens the door to new relationships
  • Find new partners: Sharing Public Knowledge creates coalition opportunities
  • Develop strategies: Working on the issue AND building capacity to work together
  • Mobilize resources: Creating natural pathways for people to contribute

Communities Served

Click below to learn about key themes from each Community Conversation:


Community Conversations were supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number DD000010, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.