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Promoting Health at the Community Level is the first book to provide a systematic examination of community-based health promotion. Edited by Doug Easterling, Kaia Gallagher, and Dora Lodwick, this innovative text uses seven case studies to evaluate community-driven health promotion and present promising strategies for initiating and sustaining community-based efforts. Individual chapters describe real-world, multi-site health initiatives and summarize their evaluation outcomes. Offering unique lessons for community-based coalitions and supportive organizations, Promoting Health at the Community Level will also inspire academics and students to further explore this innovative approach to health promotion and disease prevention.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Community-based health promotion is increasingly being recognized as an effective public health paradigm for improving a community's overall health. That local community leaders would have a role in addressing public health concerns is not particularly new. What is novel about community-based health promotion, as a defined health improvement strategy, is that it entails a conscious effort on the part of funding agencies to develop programs that recognize local community concerns and that are designed and implemented with active participation from community representatives.
This book provides seven examples “from the field” of community-based health promotion. The examples are from seven multisite initiatives sponsored by The Colorado Trust, a Denver-based foundation that uses a variety of grant-making strategies to improve the health and well-being ...