Activism is action on behalf of a cause, action that goes beyond what is conventional or routine and is relative to the actions by others.
Health activism is a growing area of interest for many who work to improve health at both national and international levels because it offers a more direct approach to achieve lasting social and political change. This book, for the first time, provides a clear foundation to the theory, evidence-base and strategies that can be harnessed to bring about change to improve the lives and health of others.
For anyone working to improve the health of groups and communities, this will be thought-provoking reading. It has particular relevance for postgraduate students and practitioners in public health and health promotion.
Chapter 3: Activism and the Health Practitioner
Activism and the Health Practitioner
Health programming aims to promote health, prevent disease, treat illnesses, prolong valued life, care for the infirm and to provide health services. Traditionally, such goals have been used to curb the spread of infectious diseases and to protect the well-being of the general population whilst others see a much greater role in regulation and reducing inequalities in health (Baggott, 2000). The range of goals also means that it covers a number of preventive and promotion specialist areas including environmental health, nursing, public health and health promotion and not surprisingly has a wide range of competing perspectives, priorities and services. Health programmes are most commonly implemented as activities managed and monitored by a practitioner and/or an ...