In the twenty-first century, public health is everyone’s business. The nursing and medical professions are well placed to provide advice to their clients, especially in respect to lifestyle change, and public health initiatives are supported by a range of statutory and voluntary organisations and health workers, ranging from health promotion specialists to smoking cessation advisers and nutrition assistants.
Designed to help readers develop the practical skills they need to become effective public health practitioners, this concise text gives an easily digested overview of public health and health promotion theory in accessible language and diagrams, before moving on to the ways readers can apply this in practice.
Providing an opportunity for practitioners to understand possible barriers to lifestyle change, debate health inequalities and responsibilities, and explore the role of the media in changing attitudes, it:
- Outlines the roles of specific organisations involved in the work of public health work.
- Covers health needs assessment, agenda setting and the technical aspects of how to research plan and evaluate effective practice either with individual clients or when devising programmes and initiatives for population groups.
- Details methods of helping people with motivation for lifestyle change, building rapport, ongoing support, monitoring and signposting to specific services.
- Discusses role of neighbourhoods and communities in improving health and how workers may support local populations to improve the health of their community.
The Essential Guide to Public Health and Health Promotion is an accessible introduction to the principles and practice of health promotion and public health for all those new to working or studying in the area, whatever their professional background.
Table of Contents
Foreword Dr John Lloyd 1. What is Health? 2. The Main Killers 3. Approaches and Models Used to Promote Health 4. Health Needs Assessment 5. Health Education and Health Information 6. Supporting People with Behaviour Change 7. Programme Planning 8. The Same or Different? Health Promotion in Ethnically Diverse Communities 9. Focus on Mental Health Promotion, Obesity and Alcohol 10. Persistent and Future Challenges in Public Health
Susan R. Thompson has worked in the field of public health for over 25 years, within nursing, health promotion and academia. She currently holds the post of Course Lead for Graduate Entry Nursing at the University of Nottingham, UK and has published a range of articles and delivered international conference presentations and workshops on public health.