Primary Health Care in Cuba: The Other Revolution

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As health care concerns grow in the U.S., medical anthropologist Linda M. Whiteford and social psychologist Larry G. Branch present their findings on a health care anomaly, from an unlikely source. Primary Health Care in Cuba examines the highly successful model of primary health care in Cuba following the 1959 Cuban Revolution. This model, developed during a time of dramatic social and political change, created a preventive care system to better provide equity access to health care. Cuba's recognition as a paragon of health care has earned praise from the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Pan American Health Organization. In this book, Whiteford and Branch explore the successes of Cuba's preventive primary health care system and its contribution to global health.

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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Rylko-Bauer
Linda M. Whiteford and Laurence G. Branch have produced an important, detailed, and historically grounded analysis of 'Cuba's jewel'—the community-based primary health care system. They examine its evolution, structure, and effectiveness in addressing public health issues, as well as specific medical needs related to child and maternal health, control of infectious diseases, and treatment of chronic health problems. The key lessons that the authors distill from this timely case study are both relevant and applicable to health care systems in other countries, including the United States. The subject matter and straightforward prose ensure that this book will be an invaluable tool for policy makers, public health and biomedical professionals, social scientists, and well-suited for widespread classroom use.
Linda Bennett
Primary Health Care in Cuba: The Other Revolution is a unique contribution to understanding the relationship between the development and provision of primary care in a socio-economic and political context. While the authors are careful to note that the 'Cuban model is idiosyncratically Cuban,' this historically grounded, in-depth, and broad-based examination of primary health care in Cuba demonstrates that effective preventive care does not need to rest on costly medical technology. It also demonstrates the importance of close collaboration between government and community participation in planning and implementing public health initiatives. The final section is invaluable, laying out several 'lessons learned' from the research and from the Cuban health care model which hopefully will stimulate a reconsideration of standard practices in public health planning and implementation in other countries.
Carolyn Sargent
This is a groundbreaking work. Primary Health Care In Cuba makes a significant contribution to medical anthropology and public health by documenting the history, political economy, and ideology that has produced the Cuban primary health care system. The authors explore the critical tensions between the rights of individuals and the role of the state that have shaped the remarkable successes in Cuban health care over the past fifty years. They also raise challenging questions about the relationship between the reduction of health disparities and advances in public health.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742559943
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/5/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda M. Whiteford is professor of medical anthropology and associate vice president for academic affairs and strategic initiatives at the University of South Florida. She has also served as president of the Society of Applied Anthropology.

Laurence G. Branch is professor of social psychology for the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Cuban Health Care Revolution Chapter 2 An Overview of the Cuban Primary Health Care Model Between 1959 - 2000 Chapter 3 Alma Ata and the Concept of 'Primary Health Care' Chapter 4 The Cuban Primary Health Care Model for Child/Maternal Care Chapter 5 The Cuban Experience with Controlling Infectious and Communicable Diseases Through Primary Health Care Chapter 6 Chronic Diseases in Cuba Chapter 7 Recasting the 'Public' in Public Health: Assessing the Cuban Experience Chapter 8 Lessons Learned from Cuba's Primary Health Care Model

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