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 4: Strategies to Influence Healthy Public Policy
Strategies to Influence Healthy Public Policy
Many practitioners recognise the political nature of health agendas and the importance of helping others to engage in partisan politics to influence healthy public policy. But having a policy in place does not guarantee that health conditions will automatically improve. Alternatively, failing to have a policy in place that addresses health inequalities will guarantee little or no change. Central to influencing policy is the role of the practitioner to use their knowledge, resources and expertise to work with individuals, pressure groups and communities to help them to gain more control over the policy process. Enabling people to gain more control over their lives (and health) is the essence of empowerment. It is important for ...