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The Routledge Handbook of Public Health and the Community

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ISBN 9780367634193
September 6, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
376 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Community health is an emerging and growing discipline of public health and it focuses on the physical, social and mental well-being of the people of specific districts. This interdisciplinary field brings together aspects of health care, economics, environment and people interaction. This handbook is a comprehensive reference on public health for higher education students, scholars, practitioners and policymakers of health care.

There are five key thematic sections in the book i.e. Perspectives in Public Health, Community Health in Practice, Planning, Built and Social Environment, Community Health, Digital and Mobile Health, and how we can build sustainable health in the community. Each theme explores the leading research and trends. The book aims to help achieve the shared goal of healthier communities and quality of life for the residents.

This collaborative work should be a very useful handbook to health professionals and government bodies in the planning of initiatives to improve population health, prevent chronic diseases, control infectious diseases and outbreaks, and prepare for natural disasters. The book integrates research and practice of public health in the community.

Table of Contents

Section 1 Perspectives in Public Health 1. Introduction and Foundations of Health and Wellness, Ben Y.F. Fong and Martin C.S. Wong 2. Community and Environment as Determinants of Health – the One Health Concept, Thomas M.C. Dao and Bean S.N. Fu 3. Health and Urban Living, Peter T.K. Lau 4. Local Groups in Shaping the Advocacy of Population Health, Chesney P.Y. Wong, Fiona C.M. Yuen and Percy W.T. Ho 5. Community Health in the Global and Asia-Pacific Context, Hilary Hiu Lam Yee and Mark S.H. Chan 6. Health for All: Community Health in Developing Countries, Sukhpreet Kaur and Shaomin Feng 7. Potentials and Benefits of Health Impact Assessment in Communities, Weiguo Zhang, Baipei Chen and Ben Y.F. Fong Section 2 Community Health in Practice 8. Lifestyle-related Health Promotion, Daphne M.Y. Wu 9. Disease Prevention and Screening, Martin C.S. Wong, Junjie Huang, Kevin Hok Lim Law, Hanyue Ding and Yunyang Deng 10. Genetic Testing for Personalized medicine and Limitations of the Current Medical Practice in Public Health, Ki Lui and Martin C.S. Wong 11. All Health Begins at Home in the Community, Emily T.Y. Tse and Ben Y.F. Fong 12. Key to Mental Health in the Community, Billy C.F. Chiu and Yumi Y.T. Chan 13. Evidence-based Community Health Programmes: Reflections on Practice, Ting Yu Lam and Ben Y.F. Fong 14. Musculoskeletal Health in the Community - Falls Prevention and Osteoporotic Fractures, Percy W.T. Ho and C.C. Ma 15. COVID-19, Social Anxiety and Economic-political Crisis in Hong Kong: A Public Opinion Survey’s Perspective, Victor Zheng and Anthony Y.H. Fung Section 3 Planning, Built and Social Environment and Community Health 16. Urban Planning and Population Health: The Impact of Neighbourhood Walkability on Active Transportation, Sui Yu Yau and Justen O’Connor 17. Town Planning and Community Development: Healthy and Happy Housing, Carina Y.H. Lam, Joanna W.Y. Lee and Tat Choi Chan 18. Shaping Built Environments for Community Health: A Qualitative Exploration of Active Transport by Walking, Sui Yu Yau and Justen O’Connor 19. A Life Course Perspective in Community Health, Yim Fan Chan and Candy Yuen Yee Tsoi 20. Healthy and Green Buildings in the Community: Review of Evaluation Criteria and its Relevance to Public Health, Edmond W.M. Lam and Jacob W.K. Lam 21. Healthy Schools and Safe Cities Movement, Amenda N.W. Tang and Percy W.T. Ho Section 4. Digital and Mobile Health 22. Online Learning in the Promotion of Public Health, Cynthia S.Y. Lau and Ben Y.F. Fong 23. Cloud Infrastructure for Public Health Blockchain, John K.W. Yeung, Simon C.W. Wong and Gabriel H.H. Chan 24. Digital Health for Chronic Disease Management, Kelvin K.F. Tsoi and Martin C.S. Wong 25. Promotion of Telehealth in Community Care, Tommy K.C. Ng and Wilson C.P. Fung 26. Community Care: To "Tele", or Not to "Tele"? Considerations from the Medico-Legal and Operational Perspectives, Kar-wai Tong 27. Smart Health Communities: From Sick Care to Health Care, Fowie Ng, David Briggs and Yaping Liu Section 5 Towards Sustainable Health in the Community 28. Sustainable Health and Social Care System in the Community, Samuel C. Fong and Aihua Yan 29. Green Diet and Public Health, Wang-Kin Chiu and Ben Y.F. Fong 30. Strategies in Community Health Education and Wellness Programmes, Leon Wai Li, C.C. Ma and Percy W.T. Ho 31. Emerging Roles of Community Health Practitioners, Ray Y.L. Choy 32. Public Policies in Building a Healthy Community, Vincent Law 33. Framework for Effective Community Health Interventions, Hilary Hiu Lam Yee, Wing Yi Chan and Cuimei Luo

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Ben Y.F. Fong is a Specialist in Community Medicine, holding Honorary Clinical Associate Professorship at the two local medical schools in Hong Kong. He is currently the Professor of Practice (Health Studies) and Associate Division Head of the Division of Science, Engineering and Health Studies of the College of Professional and Continuing Education, and Director of the Centre for Ageing and Healthcare Management Research of the School of Professional Education and Executive Development, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has contributed to publications as lead editor of some books, including a title of "Primary Care Revisited - Interdisciplinary Perspectives for a New Era", and as co-Editor of a training manual for general practitioners in China published by the People’s Medical Publishing House in Beijing, both were released in 2020, and over 30 health books in Chinese, and 40 journal papers.

Martin C.S. Wong is a Professor of the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine and Professor by courtesy of the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests include cancer screening and prevention of chronic diseases. He is the Chairman of the Association of the Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), NCD stream; Co-Chairman of the Grant Review Board, Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF) and a member of the Research Council, Food and Health Bureau; Convener of the Advisory Group on Hong Kong Reference Framework in Primary Care Settings of the Primary Healthcare Office; a member of the Expert Advisory Panel in Implementation Science of the Hong Kong SAR Government; and the Editor-in-Chief of the Hong Kong Medical Journal (HKMJ). He was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences/Peking Union Medical College, and Adjunct Professor of Global Health by Peking University.


"I’m delighted to recommend this essential work. The pandemic has made us all aware that health issues impact not just our personal lives, but also our communities and societies. Dr. Ben Y.F. Fong and Professor Martin C.S. Wong have compiled a volume of essays by an impressive team of experts. The handbook covers a wide range of relevant topics, including one that’s particularly important to me, the promotion of healthy lifestyle and wellness for the public good. This book will surely become a classic for anyone interested in the field of public health."

Mr. Bernard Chan GBM, GBS, JP, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

"It is my pleasure and honour to recommend this book to you all who are interested in healthcare issues. We witnessed the advancement of medical technologies in recent years, but their application to society, especially how they can be used to improve the health of the population, has not yet been fully examined. Asian countries will face an aging population that humankind has never experienced. How to improve overall health in a population with many vulnerable people is a current and urgent issue for public health. I am sure that this book provides a wealth of insights from a public health perspective on the challenges facing modern society."

Tomonori Hasegawa, M.D., Ph.D. Professor and chairperson, Division of Health Policy & Health Service Research, Department of Social Medicine, Toho University School of Medicine; Director of Hospital Accreditation, Japan Council for Quality Health Care.

"My congratulations to Dr Ben Fong and Professor Martin Wong on the publication of The Routledge Handbook of Public Health and the Community. This publication is very timely. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many lessons about the importance of public health measures in protecting the health and well-being of the members of our global community. It is excellent to have these measures so clearly outlined in this handbook."

Professor Michael Kidd, Professor of Primary Care Research, The Australian National University; Past President, World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).

"The practice of Family Medicine is the best assurance of quality Primary Healthcare and essential for Universal Health Coverage. The practice of Community oriented primary healthcare is a social responsibility of Family Doctors. The Routledge Handbook of Public Health and the Community edited by Dr Ben Fong and Prof Martin Wong is an excellent publication which provides practical reference material, insights and stimulates thoughts for Family Doctors to become more engaged and work together with public health specialists. Together they can identify and prioritizing health issues and develop programs for health promotion, protection, and maintenance."

Dr Donald Li Kwok Tung, Specialist in Family Medicine, President of World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA).

It is critical to understand how infection, and pandemic infection in particular, interacts with population health. In their text on Public Health and the Community, Dr Ben Fong and Professor Martin Wong have brought together experts in how this affects some of the world’s most at-risk populations. Epicurus (341-270 BC) is said to have stated "The ultimate goal of the blessed life is physical health and mental serenity". In presenting a multidisciplinary book examining one health, community health, disease prevention, personalised medicine and focussing on developing nations, the editors have presented areas not always seen within public health. The focus on the community, and on the family, makes this collection of importance in assessing public health in a holistic, local area setting. This approach is an important addition to helping people achieve physical and mental health, and the authors are commended for taking this contemporary approach.

Professor William Rawlinson AM FAHMS, Senior Medical Virologist, University of New South Wales, Australia.