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Professional collaboration with communities on a wicked problem like the opioid epidemic is a sensible approach, but too often it means teamwork and cross-disciplinary communication without much more than symbolic attempts to work with citizens. Coproduction, by contrast, is where citizens have a co-equal role.
The Model City Charter has guided thousands of American localities in their efforts to draft or revise their home rule charters by emphasizing “three e’s” of effectiveness, efficiency, and economy. A new edition should also provide language on two new e’s: equity and engagement.
A new publication called “Springboard” offers a practical resource to help this country heal after a traumatic year and secure the vital conditions that all people and places need to thrive: a thriving natural world, basic needs for health and safety, humane housing, meaningful work and wealth, lifelong learning, reliable transportation, and belonging and civic muscle.
The All-America City Awards do not honor perfection because there is no perfect community, but when residents come together to put their various perspectives, skills and resources to use, even the most intractable of problems seem less daunting.
There has been a paucity of research on health outcomes among Asian-Americans and even more scarcity investigating vulnerable groups such as refugee Asian-Americans. This year’s winner of the Health Equity Award, Dr. Tsu-Yin Wu, is helping to close that gap.
National Civic Review (Print ISSN 0027-9013, Online ISSN1542-7811) is published quarterly by the National Civic League, Copyright © 2018 National Civic League.