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1st Edition

Community Health Psychology
Empowerment for Diverse Communities

ISBN 9780415914277
Published January 16, 1998 by Routledge
286 Pages

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Book Description

As the number of people of color rapidly grows within the US population, health providers in these communities have become increasingly aware of the need to address the concerns and problems particular to each group. It's also become clear that as the delivery of our health care systems evolve, a new approach must be summoned to build systems both cost-effective and socially responsible.

Community Health Psychology offers a new and different perspective for redressing the gaps in our systems of care. The authors contend that in order to begin an attempt at eradicating the more intractable societal problems, health providers need to tailor themselves to a more culturally competent approach, which addresses all members of a community they claim to serve.

Table of Contents

J. Emilio Carrillo -- Foreword De La Cancela, Chin, and Jenkins -- Aims and Scope: What is Community Health Psychology?: Empowerment for Diverse CommunitiesSECTION I. HEALTH STATUS AND NEEDS OF DIVERSE COMMUNITIESSection Opener: Henry Tomes1. De La Cancela, Chin -- Health Care Needs of Communities of ColorCuerpo, Mente, y Espiritu: Health Praxis with Latinos/asYin-Yang: Healthy Balance with Asian Communities From Trauma to Wellness: Societal Health within African American CommunitiesCrosscutting Health Care NeedsG. Rita Dudley Grant -- Commentary2. De La Cancela, Chin, and Jenkins -- Strategies and Mechanisms for Meeting the Health Care Needs of Communities of ColorHealth Systems ReformAn Ideal Health Care Services ProgramCommunity-Oriented ServicesCommunity EmpowermentA Holistic ApproachCollaborationPublic Policy, Private Advocacy: An Asian ExamplePrevention as a FocusATOD Prevention: A Latino/a ExampleConclusionPamela Jumper Thurman -- Commentary 3. De La Cancela, Chin, and Jenkins -- Psychosocial and Cultural Impact on Health StatusGeneral Considerations: Differential ManifestationsAnatomy and PhysiologyPerspectives of Different Health Care SectorsCultural Definition of Common DisordersCultural Definition of Mental Health IssuesHealth Care Practices: NutritionExplanatory Models: Health BeliefsConclusionJane S. Lin-Fu -- CommentarySECTION II. APPROACHES TO CHANGE Section Opener: Nancy J. Kennedy4. Chin, De La Cancela, and Jenkins -- Community-Oriented Health Service Delivery: A Systemic Approach

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Victor De La Cancela is at Salud Management Associates and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. Jean Lau Chin is Executive Director at the South Cove Community Health Center in Boston. Yvonne M. Jenkins is Associate Psychologist at Harvard University Health Services. The three authors are widely published, including a co-authored book, Diversity in Psychotherapy: The Politics of Race Ethnicity and Gender (1993).