Civic Health, Community, Economic/Social Stratification

CHALC – Civic Health and the Local Community or CHESS – Civic Health and Economic/Social Stratification (draft acronyms)

Civic health has been defined as comprised of trust, social capital, civic engagement, and social connectivity.  It is the ability for communities to harness their resources as they tackle wicked problems, such as behavioral health, opioid and other addictions, education, community and police relationships, as well as the complexities of power, privilege, and equity, to name a few. Understanding what communities need in terms of skills, resources, and infrastructure to collaborate on issues is a part of understanding the civic health of a community.  Beginning with research that define key indicators of civic health, we will critically evaluate what civic health looks like at the community level and which variables the traditional indicators may leave out.  This multidisciplinary project tackles civic health from several academic vantages, including the role of knowledge and information, the role of dialogue and deliberation or other communication processes, the role of civic infrastructure, as well continuing questions about the necessary components of civic health.


  • Jennifer Borda (COLA)
  • Dan Bromberg (COLA)
  • Jennifer Brewer (COLA)
  • Devkamal Dutta (PSBE)
  • Renee Heath (COLA)
  • Michele Holt-Shannon (Carsey)
  • Bruce L. Mallory (COLA)