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To Give Their Gifts: Health, Community, and Democracy / Edition 1

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Democracy needs the extraordinary efforts of ordinary people. The experiences of the twelve creative community health leaders, which this book presents, provide excellent examples of innovative democratic leadership. To Give Their Gifts recaptures the neglected narratives of democracy. It places community and mutual responsibility for one another at the center of democratic leadership, explains health care as social justice, and asserts the belief that everyone has the "gifts"--and the right--to contribute to community.
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A brilliant piece of work, and one that not only adds new dimensions to our thinking about leadership but also tailors it to the community health field with wonderful and inspiring stories.
--Meredith Minkler, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

The importance of the programs so vividly described in this important book-what they stand for, what they have accomplished, what it takes to make them work-cannot be overstated. Besides the powerful narrations of 'ordinary people' confronting very real and human situations, their accounts describe effective strategies that work, even in the most difficult situations. The verification of how actual change can take place at the grass-roots level is especially relevant in this post-September 11 era.
--Edward J. Eckenfels, Emeritus Professor, Rush Medical College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826514110
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press (TN)
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard A. Couto is a professor in the Ph.D. Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University. His most recent book, Making Democracy Work Better: Mediating Structures, Social Capital and the Democratic Prospect, won the 2000 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize of Independent Sector.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Democracy and the Crisis of Health Care in the United States 1
Pt. I The Practice of Community Health and Democratic Leadership 15
1 All People Have Intrinsic Value 19
Native American Diabetes Program 21
La Clinica del Pueblo 33
2 Cultural Diversity Is a Strength 47
Healthy Powderhorn 49
Asian Health Services 59
3 The Right to Self-Determination 71
Health Resource Center for Women with Disabilities 73
Westside Health Authority 83
4 Mutuality and Interdependency 95
Southwest Georgia Community Health Institute 97
The Ecumenical AIDS Ministry 107
5 The Responsibility of Participation 119
Institute for Urban Family Health 121
Salud para la Gente 133
6 Education, Employment, and Health 145
Kids as Agents of Change 147
Odyssey House 159
Pt. II The Principles of Community Health and Innovative Democratic Leadership 169
7 Health: Communal Bonds of Social Goods 171
8 Leadership: Making Significant Change 193
Conclusion: Retelling the Gift Relationship 217
Afterword 225
References 227
Index 235
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