Community Organizing and Community Building for Health

Community Organizing and Community Building for Health

by Meredith Minkler

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Community Organizing and Community Building for Health by Meredith Minkler

The revised edition of Minkler's text on grass-roots public health work provides insights into systems of inequality in the US that have public-health consequences, such as race, class, and gender. Minkler (health and social behavior, U. of California, Berkeley) chose chapters that address areas including the use of community organizing to influence policy; use of the arts in community building and organizing; online activism; and the role of cultural humility and systems change in building effective partnerships between local health departments and community residents. The intended audience is professionals in fields such as health education that lie at the interface of health systems and communities. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813534732
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 12/28/2004
Pages: 489

About the Author

Meredith Minkler is professor of health and social behavior at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. She has over twenty-five years of experience in community building and organizing with diverse populations and is co-author or editor of six books, including Community-Based Participatory Research for Health.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction to Community Organizing and Community Building - Meredith Minkler
Part I. Contextual Frameworks and Models
Improving Health through Community Organization and Community Building: A Health Education Perspective - Meredith Minkler and Nina Wallerstein
Social Action Community Organizing: Proliferation, Persistence, Roots, and Prospects - Robert Fisher
Community Building Practice: A Conceptual Framework - Cheryl L. Walter

Part II. The Professional's Role in Community Practice: Values, Core Assumptions, and Ethical Dilemmas
Community, Community Development, and the Forming of Authentic Partnerships: Some Critical Reflections - Ronald Labonte
New Contexts of Organizing: Functions, Challenges, and Solutions - Marc Pilisuk, Joann McAllister, Jack Rothman, and Lauren Larin
Ethical Issues and Practical Dilemmas in Community Organization and Community Participation - Meredith Minkler and Cheri Pies

Part III. Community Assessment and Issue Selection
Community Health Assessment or Healthy Community Assessment: Whose Community? Whose Health? Whose Assessment? - Trevor Hancock and Meredith Minkler
Mapping Community Capacity - John L. McKnight and John P. Kretzmann
Selecting and Cutting the Issue - Lee Staples

Part IV. Alternative Organizing Models: Alinsky-Based, Women-Centered, and Freirian Approaches
Toward a Gender Analysis of Community Organizing Models: Liminality and the Intersection of Spheres - Susan Stall and Randy Stoecker
Freirian Praxis in Health Education and Community Organizing: A Case Study of an Adolescent Prevention Program - Nina Wallerstein, Victoria Sanchez, and Lily Velarde

Part V. Community Organizing and Community Building within and across Diverse Groups and Cultures
Education, Participation, and Capacity Building in Community Organizing with Women of Color - Lorraine M. Gutierrez and Edith A. Lewis
Local Government and Resident Collaboration to Improve Health: A Case Study in Capacity Building and Cultural Humility - Galen El-Askari and Sheryl Walton
Community Organizing with the Elderly Poor in San Francisco's Tenderloin District - Meredith Minkler

Part VI. Building and Maintaining Effective Coalitions
Understanding Coalitions and How They Operate as Organizations - Abraham Wandersman, Robert M. Goodman, and Frances D. Butterfoss
Coalition Building to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning: A Case Study from New York City - Susan Klitzman, Daniel Kass, and Nicholas Freudenberg

Part VII. The Arts and the Internet as Tools for Community Building and Organizing
Harnessing the Power of the Internet for Advocacy and Organizing - Sonja Herbert
Using the Arts in Community Organizing and Community Building - Marian McDonald, Jennifer Sarche, and Caroline C. Wang

Part VIII. Measuring Community Empowerment
Participatory Evaluation: Building Community While Assessing Change - Chris M. Coombe
Community Building through Empowering Evaluation: A Case Study of Community Planning for HIV Prevention - Kathleen M. Roe, Kevin Roe, Christina Goette Carpenter, and Cindy Berenstein Sibley

Part IX. Influencing Policy through Community Organizing and Media Advocacy
Using Community Organizing and Community Building to Influence Policy - Angela Glover Blackwell, Meredith Minkler, and Mildred Thompson
Media Advocacy: A Strategy for Empowering People and Communities - Lawrence Wallack

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