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 Communities
Section Opener: Henry Tomes
1. De La Cancela, Chin -- Health Care Needs of Communities of Color
Cuerpo, Mente, y Espiritu: Health Praxis with Latinos/as
Yin-Yang: Healthy Balance with Asian Communities
From Trauma to Wellness: Societal Health within African American Communities
Crosscutting Health Care Needs
G. Rita Dudley Grant -- Commentary
2. De La Cancela, Chin, and Jenkins -- Strategies and Mechanisms for Meeting the Health Care Needs of Communities of Color
Health Systems Reform
An Ideal Health Care Services Program
Community-Oriented Services
Community Empowerment
A Holistic Approach
Public Policy, Private Advocacy: An Asian Example
Prevention as a Focus
ATOD Prevention: A Latino/a Example
Pamela Jumper Thurman -- Commentary 3. De La Cancela, Chin, and Jenkins -- Psychosocial and Cultural Impact on Health Status
General Considerations: Differential Manifestations
Anatomy and Physiology
Perspectives of Different Health Care Sectors
Cultural Definition of Common Disorders
Cultural Definition of Mental Health Issues
Health Care Practices: Nutrition
Explanatory Models: Health Beliefs
Jane S. Lin-Fu -- Commentary

Section Opener: Nancy J. Kennedy
4. Chin, De La Cancela, and Jenkins -- Community-Oriented Health Service Delivery: A Systemic Approach
The Paradox of the Community Health and Mental Health Movements
Health Reform: Policy and Practice
Financing Health Care
Integrated Service Networks
Solutions to Health Reform: Community-Oriented Health Care
Service Networks for the Community: An Asian American Example
Service Networks for the Community: A Latino/a Example
Service Networks for the Community: An African American Example
Ford H. Kuramoto: Commentary
5. Jenkins, De La Cancela, and Chin -- Culturally Competent Community Health Psychology: A Systemic Approach
Culturally Competent Community Health Psychology
Rationale for the Role Diversification of Psychologist Health Service Providers
Policy, Regulatory Issues, and Health Care Priorities
Priorities for Diverse Communities
Carlos Molina -- Commentary
6. De La Cancela -- Community Health Psychology's Strategic Planning for Health Care Reform: The Empowerment Solution
A Municipal Health System's Strategic Plan
The Importance of Sociopolitical History
Perspectives of Different Players
Organizational Resistance to Change
Empowerment through Education
Empowerment through Evaluation
Implications for HHC/Safety Net Providers
Social Marketing and Behavioral Health Systems
Tessie Guillermo -- Commentary
7. Chin -- Cultural Diversity and Health Care Planning for Culturally Competent Services: A Community-Based Approach
Overview of the Problem: Change from the Outside
Sociocultural Barriers: A Case Example
Principles of Community-Based Care
Evolution and Development of Cultural Competence
The Double Bind in Planning
Culturally Competent Approaches to Change: A Community-Based Approach
Herbert M. Joseph Jr. -- Commentary
8. Jenkins -- Embracing People of Color: Implications for College Mental Health Services
Changing Trends in Psychological and Social Health
Social Ambiance
Who are Students of Color?
Embracing Diversity
Barriers to Helpseeking on Campus
Challenges to College Mental Health Services
Progressive Collaboration
The Implications of the Touchpoints and the Women in Prison Projects for Community Health Psychologists
Deborah Prothrow-Smith -- Commentary
Section Opener: Reuben C. Warren
9. De La Cancela, Chin and Jenkins -- Diversity in Community Health Psychology: Toward New Models
Why Community Health Psychology?
Redefining Community-Oriented Primary Care
Developing New Partnerships
Defining Culturally Competent Systems
Community Empowerment
Bertha Garrett Holliday -- Commentary: Towards a Pedagogy of Community Health Psychology
Arthur Kleinman -- Afterword

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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).