Like the First Edition, this book serves as a guide to the science and art of community health promotion. The last decade of research and development has considerably advanced the science of achieving and maintaining health. In this new edition, international contributors share their experiences and expertise about diverse health promotion and point out areas needing adjustment in community implementation, both on an international and domestic level.
Chapter 4: A Five-Stage Community Organization Model for Health Promotion: Empowerment and Partnership Strategies
In Chapter 2, the theoretical foundations for understanding social change at the community level are presented. This is followed in Chapter 3 with the tools and strategies for conducting a comprehensive community needs assessment. The focus of this chapter is on the applied process of mobilizing citizens and organizations to facilitate the empowerment of communities for effective health and social improvement. Collaboration is fostered and local empowerment is realized through the marshalling of community interest, talent, and resources. Organizers (both professional and lay) bring together networks of government and voluntary groups to plan and implement health program goals and objectives.
The authors present ...