Community Organizing and Community Building for Health

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Meredith Minkler
Rutgers University Press, 1997 - 407 pages
As public health problems such as HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, violence, and environmental toxins become an ever greater part of our national landscape, grassroots public health work has become all the more important. This updated and revised edition of a highly praised volume provides meaningful insights into the systems of inequality in the United States--such as race, class, and gender--that impact health. Updated versions of a number of the original chapters, as well as new chapters and appendixes, address areas such as using community organizing to impact on policy; using the arts in community building and organizing; online activism; and the role of cultural humility and systems change in building effective partnerships between local health departments and community residents.

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Health Systems
The Professionals Role in Organization
Ethical Issues in Community Organization
Community Assessment
Mapping Community Capacity
Issue Selection and
Freirian Praxis in Health Education
Community Organizing and Community Building
Building and Maintaining Effective Coalitions
Measuring Community Empowerment
New Tools for Community Organizing
A Strategy for Empowering People
Actionoriented Community Diagnosis Procedure
Coalition Checklist
Delights and Dilemmas
How to Build Effective Multicultural Coalitions

Community Organizing and Community Building
Community Organizing among the Elderly Poor
Ten Commandments of Communitybased Research

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Page 59 - Council (SRC), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the Student Nonviolent Co-ordinating Committee (SNCC).
Page 143 - Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Page 144 - A Healthy City is one that is continually creating and improving those physical and social environments and expanding those community resources which enable people to mutually support each other in performing all the functions of life and in developing to their maximum potential.
Page 159 - map" has replaced the one containing needs and deficiencies, the regenerating community can begin to assemble its assets and capacities into new combinations, new structures of opportunity, new sources of income and control, and new possibilities for production.
Page 4 - Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.
Page 132 - Does working for the reform give women a sense of power, strength, and imagination as a group and help build structures for further change?
Page 343 - The press is no substitute for institutions. It is like the beam of a searchlight that moves restlessly about, bringing one episode and then another out of darkness into vision.
Page 59 - The liberation struggles in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as...
Page 44 - Community participation is the process by which individuals and families assume responsibility for their own health and welfare and COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION (cont'd) for those of the community, and develop the capacity to contribute to their own and the community's development.
Page 40 - ... a social action process by which individuals, communities, and organizations gain mastery over their lives in the context of changing their social and political environment to improve equity and quality of life (Rappaport 1984; Wallerstein 1992).

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