The Power of Digital Communities

Posted on: June 27, 2022

The Essex Coronavirus Action Support Facebook Community was set up during the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was a collaboration between Essex County Council (ECC) and the Essex Public Health Team as well as local Facebook admins. It focuses on three objectives: preventing the spread of infection, informing Essex residents of guidance and assisting residents who may be vulnerable.


The National Institute for Health and Social Care Research (NIHR) funded PHIRST South Bank Centre co-produced an evaluation of the project with local stakeholders. The evaluation sought to understand the following questions:

  • How effective is a digital community development approach during a pandemic?
  • Was the ECAS digital community development approach successful in achieving improved health literacy, protective health actions and community connectedness and mutual aid?
  • Was the ECAS digital community development approach successful in achieving whole system change for the public health function?
  • What factors were important in contributing to the outcomes?


This event will be an opportunity to talk to those involved in setting up this initiative, hear the findings of the evaluation, discuss what lessons can be learnt and how these can be used to plan future work with digital communities in Essex.

Thu, July 7, 2022

1:30 PM – 4:45 PM BST

Central Baptist Church

Victoria Road

South Chelmsford



Book your ticket here. 

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

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