The Social Significance of Health Promotion sets health promotion in its historical context and delineates its contemporary role. It explores the potential of health promotion to impact on our social values and sense of community.
The book begins by exploring the historical roots of health promotion and its relationship to the medical model of health. It moves on to present analyses of contemporary health promotion programmes in which the contributors are actively engaged. These chapters discuss current questions for health promotion from a practitioner perspective and from the point of view of their social impact. They cover a wide range of topical issues such as exclusion and inclusion, the mental health of children, the role of alternative medicine, and health in the workplace.
Emphasising the centrality of empowerment, participation and advocacy to an effective health promotion programme, The Social Significance of Health Promotion brings students and health professionals right up to date with the latest initiatives and theories.
Table of Contents
b1. Ancient Epistemological Bases for Health Promotion 2. The Development of Modern Health Promotion 3. The Idea of 'Participation' in Health Research and Evaluation 4. Participation and Empowerment in Community Care 5. Social Inclusion and Inequalities in Health 6. Promoting Children's Mental Health 7. Zimbabweans in England: Building Capacity for Culturally Competent Health Promotion 8. Contested Macroeconomic Policy as Health Policy: The World Bank in Ukraine 9. Understanding Workplace Health Promotion 10. Health Promotion and Alternative Medicine 11. The Growing Social Significance of Health Promotion in Twentieth Century Scotland 12. Valuing 'Lay' and Practitioner Knowledge in Evaluation: The Role of Participatory Evaluation in Health Promotion