To Give Their Gifts: Health, Community, and Democracy

To Give Their Gifts: Health, Community, and Democracy

by Richard A. Couto

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To Give Their Gifts: Health, Community, and Democracy by Richard A. Couto

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. Selected from recipients of awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program, the leaders range from Lorelei DeCora, who works to control the diabetes epidemic among Native Americans, to Judy Panko Reis, an advocate for accessible health care for women with disabilities, to Ron Brown, who helps recovering addicts at Odyssey House in Flint, Michigan. These activists work with people -- Native Americans, migrant workers, Central American refugees, disabled persons, inner-city residents, and the rural poor -- who have too little of the social goods, such as education, housing, and health care, that others take for granted. Their action conveys the conviction that the fullest form of democracy calls each of us to leadership for improved forms of community, including a health care system for all. Not only is this book rich in issues of health care delivery, political economy, and social justice, but it also contains much about the strategies of community organizing and program development. Health professionals in all institutional settings will find that the stories get to the heart of why they entered and remain in a "helping" profession, community organizers will find practical political lessons, and all readers will find a higher standard for democratic practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826514103
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2002
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxv
Introduction: Democracy and the Crisis of Health Care in the United States1
Part IThe Practice of Community Health and Democratic Leadership15
1All People Have Intrinsic Value19
Native American Diabetes Program21
La Clinica del Pueblo33
2Cultural Diversity Is a Strength47
Healthy Powderhorn49
Asian Health Services59
3The Right to Self-Determination71
Health Resource Center for Women with Disabilities73
Westside Health Authority83
4Mutuality and Interdependency95
Southwest Georgia Community Health Institute97
The Ecumenical AIDS Ministry107
5The Responsibility of Participation119
Institute for Urban Family Health121
Salud para la Gente133
6Education, Employment, and Health145
Kids as Agents of Change147
Odyssey House159
Part IIThe Principles of Community Health and Innovative Democratic Leadership169
7Health: Communal Bonds of Social Goods171
8Leadership: Making Significant Change193
Conclusion: Retelling the Gift Relationship217
Afterword225
References227
Index235

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