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Community Health Psychology

Empowerment for Diverse Communities, 1st Edition

By Victor De La Cancela, Jean Lau Chin, Yvonne Jenkins


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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

About the Authors

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).

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