Published in 1998. This book brings together both the history of community involvement and health and ideas and proposals for further developing the potential of this approach. It explores the roots and branches of community involvement, drawing together different strands from within and outside the NHS. It explores the impact of the rapid changes in the NHS and in local government on local communities and patients and ways in which current policy can enhance and enable the general public to be more involved in their own health and effective service provision. Ideas, models and case studies are used to illustrate practical ways in which skills and knowledge can be enhanced.
’This book will fill an important niche, providing back-ground information and practical advice on how to work with communities…refreshingly written from a non-medical but health-oriented angle.’ Family Practice ’…a timely and very useful book…a book which is firmly grounded in mainstream community development experience and practice and is practically useful in community work…extremely valuable.’ International Social Work ’…this book provides a solid grounding in community development and associated subjects…It should become essential reading for researchers, evaluators, practitioners and grass-roots activists taking forward the new public health agenda.’ Health Education Journal ’…timely for anyone who wants an overall picture of the current situation and the information available…easy to follow…so much good, useful information here that it could almost form the basis of a course in itself. This book should be on every heath professional’s reading list.’ Health Matters
Contents: Introduction; Context: The Roots and Branches of Community Involvement in Health: History: the early roots; Emergence and development of the community health movement; Bringing it up to date: social and policy issues; Why is community involvement in health important now? Moving from Theory into Practice: Key concepts; Building community action on health; Advocacy; Stages in setting up community health projects; Participatory health needs assessment; A participatory approach to evaluation; Management of change. Taking Forward Community Involvement in Health: A critical path to involvement; Five elements of a community involvement in health strategy; A strategic approach for statutory organizations; Conclusion.
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