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Community Interventions

  • By: Gary W. Harper, Leah C. Neubauer & Grisel Robles-Schrader
  • In: Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology
  • Edited by: Yo Jackson
  • Subject:Multi-Cultural Counseling, Ethnic Studies, Cross-Cultural Psychology

Many ethnic and racial minority groups in the United States experience disproportional rates of negative health and mental health outcomes. Given these health disparities, it is critical to develop interventions that address these populations' prevention and treatment needs. Community interventions are one effective way to reach a large number of individuals in their home communities with culturally specific health-promoting strategies and support.

Community interventions often involve improving people's well-being at the community level by altering factors that influence the targeted behavior or social situation. Thus, community interventions may create new neighborhood programs, bring about changes in public policy, or encourage the mass adoption of alternative behavioral practices.

Culturally appropriate community interventions involve components and strategies that are grounded in the values, norms, language, and customs of the ...

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